The Children's Safety On Motorcycles Act of 2015–10 Things You Need To Know, And More
Children below 18 years old will no longer be allowed to ride on motorcycles starting today, May 19, as Republic Act 10666, or the the Children’s Safety On Motorcycles Act of 2015, is officially in effect. This comes a day after the Anti-Distracted Driving Act took effect on May 18.
Under the law, it is illegal to operate a two-wheeled motorcycle on public roads if a child is on board, specifically if there's a heavy volume of vehicles, there's a high density of fast moving vehicles, or where there's a speed limit of more than 60 kph is imposed. The exception here is if the child's feet can comfortably reach the motorcycle's foot peg for the pillion rider, the child's arms can reach around and grasp the waist of the motorcycle rider, and the child is wearing a standard protective helmet. Another exception is if the child being transported requires immediate medical attention. "The Department of Transportation believes that this proactive and preventive approach will secure the safety of passengers, especially children," the agency said in a statement.