The motorcycle-riding community is in uproar again as a proposed law filed in congress may require all motorcycle riders to register a helmet per motorcycle owned or driven with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) as a prerequisite before obtaining a driver’s license.
House Bill (HB) 5136, which was filed in September 2019 by Parañaque congressman, Eric Olivarez, seeks to require all those who want to drive (or ride) a motorcycle to first have their a helmet registered per motorcycle owned or driven with the LTO, before being given the privilege to ride.
This news didn’t go well with the motorcycle-riding community, especially at this time that many laws and ordinances seem to be adding requirements and fees to motorcycle riders.
However, Cong. Olivarez, through his official social media page, has announced his intention to have the bill he authored deferred.
“I asked the committee secretary [Cong. Edgar Sarmiento] to defer this proposed law.”
Olivarez also added that, though the reason behind the filing of HB 5136 was to counter the threat of riding-in-tandem criminals, he understands that this pandemic has brought hardship to everyone, hence the decision to defer the proposed law.