In an ideal world, laws, rules, and regulations are meant to keep everybody safe and happy. However, the unfortunate reality that the Filipino motorcycle rider faces on a daily basis is a mish-mash of rules which, more often than not, are misinterpreted by law enforcement. This results in law-abiding motorcycle riders getting ticketed for offenses which are non-existent. On top of this, several local government units (LGU) have multiple interpretations of one specific law.
Now, given the sheer number of motorcycles on the road, it’s understandable that law enforcement would like to implement several rules and regulations to ensure the safety of both motorcyclists and car drivers. Granted, there are a multitude of issues facing the implementation of rules and regulations when it comes to motorcycles on the road. In fact, some of these would require amendments to existing laws. However, this isn’t to say that other things cannot be resolved by a simple dialogue.
All this being said, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Motorcycle Rights Organization (MRO) have teamed up and formed a dialogue in order to address the multiple misinterpreted laws, rules, and regulations facing the motorcycle riding community in the Philippines. During the said dialogue, the PNP expressed great concern on the issues facing the implementation of rules and regulations concerning motorcycles. In partnership with the MRO, the PNP stated that it will ensure the fair and just implementation of all regulations, and that no misinterpretations will be made by the police force.
Among the commonly misinterpreted laws are the DILG ban on tricycles traversing national highways, which is commonly and wrongfully enforced on motorcycles. Additionally, the confusion on the modification of motorcycles which includes lights, mufflers, and many others is expected to be put to an end. To kickstart the rectification of the implementation of various motorcycle-related regulations, the PNP has stated that it will be issuing an order to regional offices across the country regarding the matter.