Director Dominic Abad of the Department of Trade and Industry Western Visayas yesterday urged the public to report to their office dealers and retailers distributing helmets without the Philippine Standards mark or the Import Commodity Clearance sticker.
Abad who was in Bacolod City yesterday said customers may request for the ICC certificate issued by the Bureau of Product Standards to the dealers to prove that ICC stickers attached to their units are valid and genuine.
Dealers and retailers caught selling helmets that have fake ICC stickers will be held liable, and will be penalized, Abad added.
Republic Act 10054, or the national MandatoryHelmet Law, is not being implemented to burden motorcycle drivers and riders but to protect their lives, Abad said.
Meanwhile, the registration and inspection of helmets is ongoing at the DTI office in Bacolod City.
Parts of the helmet that DTI inspects are the retention system, or chin strap, cheek and chin padding, the shell, comfort padding, protective padding, edge trim, and neck curtain.
The DTI national office has issued a list of 52 brands of helmets that meet product standards, one of which is Philippine made. *LTG