THE House Committee on Transportation approved a bill seeking to mandate motorcycle drivers and operators to automatically turn on their headlights as soon as they start their motorcycle engines.
At the same time, House Bill (HB) No. 1318 mandates to maintain their headlights on while their motorcycles are running on all roads at all hours of the day and night.
The committee, chaired by Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, approved the proposed “Mandatory Automatic Headlights On for Motorcycles Act” authored by Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) Party-list Rep. Mariano Michael Velarde Jr.
The measure aims to enforce a low-cost method to reduce road crashes and prevent day-time and night-time head-on, front-corner, and other forms of collision by increasing motorcycle conspicuousness and visibility.
A fine of P1,000 to P2,000 shall be imposed for the first violation on any riding motorist, driver, owner or operator who failed to use headlights; a fine of P2,500 to P3,000 for the second violation; and a minimum fine of P3,500 to P5,000 and suspension of driver’s license for a period of one month for the third and succeeding violations.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) Road Safety Unit head Engineer Emilio Llavor informed the committee that last year, there were 178 motorcycle riders who died and 7,905 injured in different road accidents.
There were also 37 passengers killed and 2,292 injured, and 32 pedestrians killed and 1,185 injured, he said.