The Regional Trial Court Branch 44 in Negros Oriental has scheduled a hearing on the petition for declaratory relief against the controversial Republic Act 10054 or the National Helmet Law, on June 5.
Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, one of the petitioners, said that while a judicial approach is undertaken, parallel moves are ongoing to bring the signature campaign against RA 10054 down to the barangay level.
The petitioners are raising constitutional grounds on equal protection and the use of property and valid classifications, citing the generalities of some provisions, like the use of helmets by drivers of vehicles passing through private roads and compounds, Cordova added.
Section 4 of the law, that will take effect July 30 or August 1, states that drivers of tricycles shall be exempted from complying with the mandatory wearing of helmets.
Cordova said that it is not necessary for a signatory to have a valid driver’s license as the Helmet law also covers passengers or back-riders.
He said that if a petitioner has an expired license, “that is a personal risk that he or she has to contend with”.
Section 7 says that any person caught not wearing the standard protective motorcycle helmet shall be fined P1,500 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense; P5,000 for the third; and P10,000 plus confiscation of the driver's license for the fourth and succeeding offenses.*JG
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