A public hearing on the proposed ordinance prohibiting full-faced helmets in Puerto Princesa City is set on Friday, June 7.
Councilor Rolando Amurao, the author of the proposed ordinance and chairman of the City Council’s transportation committee, said it aims to protect the public from motorcycle-riding criminals who use full-faced helmets to hide their identities.
“Ang sabi diyan, kung iisipin natin, ‘yong insidente raw ng accidents, mas marami ay insidente ng riding-in-tandem. Ang sabi ko, ‘yong traffic accidents every day ‘yang nangyayari, pero kung ‘yong riding in tandem nangyari ay baka pati tourism natin maapektuhan,” Amurao said.
He added that the ordinance will not compromise the safety of the public since it is against motorcycle riding criminals.
Amurao said the proposed measure covers only the city poblacion where most of the closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras are installed.
Motorists will only be allowed to wear an open-faced helmet within the city proper, he said.
“Para makita sa CCTV, para makita sa dash camera. Kasi baka makatulong ‘yang mga cameras na ‘yan sa pagso-solve ng mga krimen. Kung may mangyaring mga riding-in-tandem crimes makakatulong ‘yong makikilala natin ‘yong salarin,” Amurao pointed out.
He said he expects motorcycle riders and their clubs to attend the public hearing at the Conference Room A of the City Hall on Friday.