Bacolod regulates 'riding-in-tandem'

THE Bacolod City Council approved the ordinance regulating the riding-in-tandem in the city.

The ordinance was authored by Councilor Dindo Ramos, chairperson of City Council committee on transportation. It was approved during their regular session on Wednesday.

The ordinance stated it is unlawful for any driver and his back rider to ride in tandem on motorcycle on any given day during the period of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Exempted from the coverage of this ordinance are back riders who are constrained to ride on motorcycle under emergency situation, Ramos said, adding that such condition shall be determined by the apprehending officers.

He said the back riders with legitimate reason for travel at night in relation to their job like call center agents, security force or similar line of work are also exempted, however, they should present a valid identification card.

Following the approval of the ordinance, the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) shall conduct an information drive through print and broadcast media, and by putting up posters in conspicuous places, informing the general public of the subject regulation against riding-in-tandem for a period of 30 days.

The ordinance shall be jointly implemented by BTAO, City Legal Office, and the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) after the lapse of the 30-day period information drive campaign.

“It could be implemented next year and a task force shall be created to ensure the strict implementation of the ordinance,” Ramos said.

He said the lead agency of the task force is the BCPO.

Drivers will be fined P300 or imprisonment of three days at the discretion of the court while the back rider will be fined P200 or imprisonment of two days.

Ramos said if the driver fails to present the official receipt and certificate of registration of the motorcycle, it will be impounded.

“Through this ordinance, we aim to reduce or decrease the robbery hold-up incidents involving riding-in-tandem suspects,” he said.

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