Issue of January 6, 2019

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MP passes ordinance on use of reflectorized vests for drivers
by Imelda U. Sawi

ROAD REHAB -- Motorists plying the Halsema Highway are being cautioned due to the road cuts and damages by the recent typhoons which are still up for rehabilitation. Warning signs are placed by the DPWH Benguet Second District Engineering Office to warn motorists of the dangers of the roads such as this in Buguias, Benguet. -- Redjie Melvic Cawis

All motorcycle, tricycle, e-bike, bicycle drivers and riders are now required to wear high visibility vests while travelling along the national highway and in all roads within the province.

This is after enactment of an ordinance which ensures the security and protection of all motorists and road users within Mountain Province.

Authored by Board Member Donato L. Danglose, Ordinance 326 otherwise known as the “Hi-vis-vest Ordinance of Mountain Province” was enacted on Dec. 10, 2018.

The ordinance requires all motorcycle, tricycle, e-bike and bicycle drivers and riders to wear a high visibility vest while travelling along the national highway and in all roads within the territorial jurisdiction of Mountain Province especially from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and during heavy rains or typhoons.

Section 4 of the ordinance states that in case the motorcycle, e-bike, tricycle and bicycle riders/drivers/back-riders carry with them a backpack, it should have a reflectorizer or a high visibility material big enough to be seen.

A high visibility vest is defined as a reflective vest that provides added visibility to make the person more noticeable over the regular clothing, then taken off when one reaches the destination, and e-bike, power bike or booster bike is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion and/or transport.

The offices that will implement the ordinance are the Department of Transportation, the Land Transportation Office, and the Philippine National Police.

Penalties for violation of the ordinance are: 1st offense – reprimand, 2nd offense – fine of P1,000, 3rd offense and succeeding offenses – fine of P2,000 or imprisonment of not more than one year or both at the discretion of the court.

The Mountain Province Police Provincial Office recorded a total of 121 motorcycle and 37 tricycle accidents in the province from 2016 to November 2018.

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