Council mulls legislation for motorbike riders to put on fluorescent gear | Mindanao Occasions

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Council mulls law for motorcycle riders to wear fluorescent gear | Mindanao Times


A metropolis councilor needs motorbike customers, together with their passengers, to put on reflectorized vests whereas touring within the metropolis’s roads to keep away from street mishaps particularly throughout nighttime.

In his privilege speech throughout the metropolis council session yesterday, Councilor Jesus Joseph Zozobrado III mentioned that quite a few street crashes contain bikes.

“The World Well being Group (WHO) reported that as much as 1.25 million deaths brought on by street crashes yearly. WHO additionally reported that greater than 10,000 Filipinos perished yearly as a result of street crashes. Street crashes are the principle reason behind loss of life globally, normally amongst folks between ages 15-19 years,” mentioned Zozobrado, a lawyer who previously acted because the regional director of the Land Transportation Workplace in Davao earlier than getting into politics.

“Whereas we don’t have the precise knowledge in Davao Metropolis, we’re kind of in the identical boat. Town additionally has its share of street crashes, most of them involving bikes,” he added.

In keeping with Zozobrado, street mishaps proceed to occur, regardless of requiring drivers to bear motorcycle-driving coaching for their very own security, and for the protection of different motorists.

Bikes have smaller footprints and are straightforward to control amid the throng of huge automobiles and vans, nevertheless driving these two-wheeler car continues to be a tricky process.

“Bike drivers who insert their automobiles in between slow-moving automobiles is a standard prevalence, even whether it is prohibited by legislation. They appear to have developed the talent of passing by way of the place four-wheeled car drivers least anticipate them to be. This makes them street hazards, particularly at night time time, when visibility is at its lowest and most troublesome,” Zozobrado mentioned.

The reflectorized vests will present a further blanket of safety for motorbike drivers as this may permit the opposite motorists to see them even within the darkest night time.

“Now we have to take steps to make (motorbike driving) secure, fulfilling and rewarding expertise for all street customers,” Zozobrado mentioned, including that “motorbike riders have to be seen in the event that they need to be secure on the street and the easiest way to try this is to move an ordinance that may make the carrying of fluorescent or high-visibility clothes a part of their gear.”

Not too long ago, the town authorities strictly carried out the obligatory use of bike helmets.

Mayor Sara Duterte even ordered that no monetary help must be given to motorbike drivers not carrying helmets who will determine in a street crash.

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