Lawmaker wants motorcycle helmets optional in places with 40-kph speed limit


Posted at Aug 01 2019 04:11 PM

MANILA - Motorcycle helmets should be optional for riders traversing streets with speed limits of 40 kilometers per hour, according to a bill authored by Negros Oriental 3rd District Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. 

House Bill No. 153 seeks to amend Republic Act 10054 or the "Act Mandating All Motorcycle Riders to Wear Standard Protective Motorcycle Helmets While Driving." 

In a press release published Wednesday, Congress said the bill was filed "to better conform with the traffic situation in the different cities and municipalities around the country." 

The proposed measure covers "boulevards, city, municipal streets and crowded streets where the maximum allowable speed is lower than 40 kilometers per hour." 

DTI is also required under the bill to issue guidelines on standard protective motorcycle helmets. 

Authorities in the past have proposed limiting the driving speed at 60 kilometers per hour, specifically on EDSA, a major thoroughfare in Metro Manila.