Mandatory Use Of Safety Vest In Benguet

In order to reduce vehicle traffic accidents (VTA), Benguet legislators want drivers and riders to use reflective safety vests.

The law was passed on Monday, January 28, during the regular meeting of the provincial party committee, requiring all motorcycles, electric bicycles, bicycles, tricycle drivers (including cyclists) to wear reflective vests on national highways, and all provinces and cities. The road is in Benguet.

Board member Fernando Balaodan said in his proposed regulations that a more preventive approach to ensuring the safety of drivers and their passengers (including pedestrians) is through the enforcement of high-visibility vests.

“Road transport injuries remain the leading cause of death among young people and the elderly. Bengoet Province recognizes the need to take policy measures to reduce motorcycles, tricycles, bicycle injuries that cause physical injury or even death,” Baloadan said.

Balaodan is also the chairman of the Peace and Order Council, and he hopes that all drivers will wear reflective vests on long and short trips on the roads of the province starting at 6 pm. By 6 am, when visibility is usually poor.

Violators will be punished with a P2,000 fine for the first offence, a P3,000 for the second offence and a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment for no more than one year or both, at the discretion of the court to determine whether it is a third offence and Subsequent crime.

According to records from the Benguet Provincial Police Department, nearly 10,000 VTAs have caused deaths, property damage and injuries on the Halsema Highway since 2014.

The main cause of the accident was human error 7,333, followed by mechanical defects and road conditions.