President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law a bill seeking to ban small children from riding motorcycles, similar to an ordinance enacted in Quezon City earlier.

Republic Act (RA) 10666, which Aquino signed on July 21, prohibits any person to drive a two-wheeled motorcycle with a child on board on roads with heavy volume of vehicles or where a speed limit of more than 60/kph is imposed.

Under the new law, a child can be allowed to ride a motorcycle if he or she can reach the standard foot peg of the motorcycle. A child should also be able to grasp the waist of the motorcycle driver.

Violators shall be fined P3,000 for the first offense, P5,000 for the second offense, and P10,000 for the third and succeeding offenses.

Violation beyond the third time shall result to automatic revocation of the offender’s driver’s license.

RA 10666 authorizes the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to increase or adjust the amounts of fines after public consultation once every three years. It also empowers the LTO to deputize members of the Philippine National Police, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and Local Government Units to implement the law.

The new law shall take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in two national newspapers of general publication.