QC passes ordinance regulating motorcycle backrides

The local government of Quezon City has approved an ordinance that regulates motorcyle backriding of children and provides fines for violators.

City Ordinance No. SP-2395, series of 2015, states that a person may operate a motorcyle with a child backrider provided that:
  1. The child is wearing a fit and standard protective helmet;
  2. The feet of the child can reach the motorcyle footrest comfortably;
  3. The arms of the child can reach around and grasp the waist of the motorcyle driver; and
  4. The child backrider is mentally capable to appreciate the need to hold on the driver.
Councilor Melencio “Bobby” Castelo Jr. was the principal author of the ordinance passed by the city council on third and final reading last February 23 and signed by Mayor Herbert Bautista on April 15.

Citing a study conducted by Safe Kids Philippines, a non-government organization working to prevent child injuries, Castelo said at least 35,000 Filipino children are victims of road accidents each year. Most of them are either disabled or killed during accidents involving motorcyles.

Motorcyle drivers who violate the city ordinance will be slapped with a P1,000 fine on the first offense, P2,000 on the second offense, and P5,000 on the third and succeeding offenses.

Sources: ABS-CBN News, QCPL Law Research Section