By Glen S. Ramos
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Motorcycle and bicycle riders are now required to wear high visibility vests while traversing the roads here as per provincial ordinance.
The Provincial Ordinance No. 2022-302 was approved by the 10th Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Benguet on March 16, 2022, during their 146th regular meeting, “requiring all drivers and riders of motorcycle, tricycle, E-bike and bicycle to wear a high visibility vest while traveling along the national highway and in all provincial, municipal and barangay roads within the province of Benguet and providing penalties for violation thereof.”
The ordinance also declared that it is the policy of the province to secure and safeguard all road users, particularly the drivers and riders of motorcycles, tricycles, e-bikes, and bikes traveling within the territorial jurisdiction of the province of Benguet from the ruinous and extremely injurious effects of fatal or life-threatening accidents and crashes.
The Benguet government stated that it shall pursue a more proactive and preventive approach to secure the safety of motorists, and their passengers including pedestrians at all times through the mandatory enforcement of the use of high visibility vests.
The ordinance prescribed penalties for drivers and riders within the territorial jurisdiction of Benguet caught not wearing a high visibility vest and no visibility material on their backpacks in violation of the ordinance will be P500.00 pesos for the first offense, P1,000.00 for the second offense, and P1,500.00 pesos or community service at the concerned barangay for three days.
The fine or penalty is to be paid to the municipality concerned. (ai/mtvn)