MEMBERS of motorcycle clubs in Bacolod City expressed support for the proposed ordinance regulating riding-in-tandem motorists in the city.
Councilor Dindo Ramos, who led the public hearing at the Bacolod Government Center Tuesday afternoon, said the hearing was very fruitful and there was no opposition, but some of the stakeholders aired their suggestions to enhance the ordinance.
“They are suggesting that the driver and back-rider should show their identification cards or company ID to implement the ordinance 24 hours, to lower the penalties and among others,” said Ramos, who chairs the committee on transportation.
The proposed ordinance, which was approved on first reading, stated that it shall be unlawful for any driver and his back-rider to ride in tandem on motorcycle on any given day during the period from 9 p.m. up to 4:30 a.m.
Exempted are female back-riders, back-riders who are not more than 12 years old, and back-riders who are constrained to ride on motorcycle under emergency situation, such condition shall be determined by the apprehending officers on duty, the ordinance stated.
Violators will be fined P500 for the driver or imprisonment for three days at the discretion of the court while back-riders will be fined P300 or imprisonment for two days at the discretion of the court, the ordinance further stated.
Ramos said the apprehending officers will be the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office, City Legal Office, and Bacolod City Police Office.
He said the proposed ordinance aims to curb criminality involving riding-in-tandem suspects.
Ramos said he will submit a committee report to the City Council today. (MAP)