Motorists who were apprehended for not
wearing helmets pursuant to the national
law but whose motorcycles were also impounded or their licenses confiscated sought the intercession of the City Council.
In turn the newly-assumed Land Transportation Office Chief Engr. Eugene Gador secured his commitment to seek clarification with his superior officers to address the mounting complaints over his agency’s apprehensions.
Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova stressed that the motorcycles of the offenders to the Republic Act 10054 or the national helmet law must not be impounded or their licenses be confiscated from first up to the third offense.
However, Gador explained that the motorcycles were not impounded merely because of the non-wearing of helmets by the drivers and passengers but for other violations namely driving without license or lack of vehicle registration.
He also claimed that the confiscation of the driver’s license of those who violated the law on first offense was sanctioned by the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations. Temporary Operator’s Permit (TOPs)are issued to the first offenders of the helmet law with the apprehended driver given 72 hours to pay for the fines.
Councilors Erwin Macias, Joe Kenneth Arbas and Manuel Arbon registered their opposition to the imposition as it was clear that R.A. 10054 clearly states that licenses on top of the fines can only be confiscated on the fourth offense. Gador assured the Council that he will secure the clarification from LTO higher office.