Review backed by study needed to determine ideal lower limit

The Committee on Metro Manila Development of the House of Representatives, chaired by Congressman Winston Castelo of Quezon City, held a hearing on June 6, 2018 with two items on the agenda: to look into the status of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit in Metro Manila and to look into claims of discriminatory policies of government on motorcycle use and registration.

Among the discriminatory policies raised was the restriction on motorcycles with engine displacements less than 400cc from entering tollways.

Biazon questioned the basis of the particular regulation. Resource persons present in the meeting cited that it was the suggestion of a particular group of motorcycle riders.

Upon hearing that, Biazon suggested that the policy be reviewed with a thorough study on the potential benefits and risks of allowing a motorcycle of lower displacement to enter the highway.

“The current policy was arbitrary when adopted. It did not give a fair chance for users of lower engine displacements to be considered in the use of the tollways through a policy based on study on safety and efficiency… I am not advocating OPEN ACCESS TO ALL MOTORCYCLES WITH ANY ENGINE DISPLACEMENT. There has to be a study on up to what lower limit is safe for highway use considering not just the speed capability but even resistance to forces like wind and turbulence on highways or visibility by other vehicle operators. What is important is that there is an actual study done to determine the limits,” said Biazon in a statement in his official Facebook page.

Regulations like these on toll roads, such as elevated bypass roads and highways are policies controlled by the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB).

Biazon noted that Congress can pass a law effecting such change however does not see the need for such. Instead, he will be pursuing the review to be done by the TRB.

Biazon himself is a motorcycle rider, sharing that he enjoys riding his 300cc Vespa.