The local government of Odiongan is gearing up to implement the compulsory wearing of helmets for both motorcycle riders and passengers. This move is in accordance with a national law that has been localized through an approved municipal ordinance.
Under Municipal Ordinance No. 2022-36, also known as the Protective Helmet Ordinance, all drivers of motorcycles, scooters, and mopeds, as well as their passengers, will be required to wear appropriate protective helmets while operating their vehicles within the municipality.
According to the ordinance, the helmets must bear the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) or Philippine Standard (PS) mark, in compliance with existing laws enforced by the Department of Trade and Industry.
The ordinance also prohibits the wearing of masks in conjunction with helmets that have full face visors.
Violators of the ordinance may face fines ranging from P500 to P1,500. The Odiongan Municipal Police Station, along with the Odiongan Traffic Regulatory Unit (OTRU) and all barangay captains, have been directed to apprehend any individuals found in violation of the helmet ordinance.
However, it is important to note that in addition to the new municipal ordinance, the Land Transportation Office and the Highway Patrol Group will continue to enforce the provisions of the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009, which carries a fine of P1,500. This law was previously observed strictly in Odiongan back in 2018 but gradually faded from focus.
SB Manuel Fernandez emphasized that the implementation of the mandatory helmet ordinance is part of the local government’s ongoing efforts to enhance road safety and safeguard the well-being of its residents.
Earlier this July, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office reported an increase in motorcycle-related incidents involving riders who were not wearing helmets.