Philippines: Fuss over helmet law and safety of riders
As an Injury Law Attorney, I try to follow articles concerning how other nations deal with the very same issues we face state side. Motorcyclists in the Philippines are not like those in the U.S. who spend excessive time arguing whether or not safety should be left to the individual driving the motorcycle, or to state officials.Local citizens of Seares continue to fuss about the Mandatory Helmet Act of 2010, not because they oppose the actual helmet wearing, but rather which helmet they must wear. There have been numerous concerns which confuse the central issue including:
- The Mandatory Helmet Act was signed in 2010, the guidelines surrounding the Act were released in late 2011, and the deadline for switching to the approved helmet moved from July 2011 to August 2011, then finally December 2011. Officials believe that plenty of time was given for citizens to switch to the proper helmet, citizens feel otherwise.
- People suspect corruption in using only approved helmets. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has an old reputation for bribing, which still many still keep in mind today, even under PNoy rule. However, today there is a wide range of options for helmet buyers, contrasting the early warning devices (EWDs) of the past when a single brand was forced on bikers.