Time for training: Only 7 out of 9,000 motorcycle riders pass exam on traffic rules

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Posted at Dec 05 2018 08:00 AM | Updated as of Dec 05 2018 09:25 AM

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A group of motorists on Wednesday expressed support for a proposed law that would establish a mandatory training safety program for motorcycle riders to curb road accidents. 

Senate Bill 1822, filed by Senator JV Ejercito, tasks motorcycle riders to complete the training as a requirement for registering their vehicles at the Land Transportation Office. 

"Matagal na naming hinahangad na matupad iyan," said Motorcycle Philippines Association director for administration Atoy Sta. Cruz.

Sta. Cruz noted that only 7 out of 9,000 motorcycle riders passed the exam on traffic rules that his group gave before seminars on road safety in the last 2 years. 

Ejercito, in proposing the Motorcycle Safety Training Act, also noted that motorcycle riders were the top victims of road crashes since 2010, based on data from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. 

Of the total 8.7 million vehicles registered with the LTO for 2015, 4.8 million were motorcycles, the senator added, citing data from the regulating body. 

Ejercito's measure was pending in the committee level, as of this posting, according to the Senate website.

 

DZMM, 5 December 2018