The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is reminding motorcycle riders in Central Luzon that they have only until December 28 to have their helmets marked with Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers.
DTI Regional Information Officer Wilfred Carbonell said “Section 6 of Republic Act 10054 otherwise known as the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009 mandates our agency to be the lead determinant in the quality of helmets out in the market.” Under the law, all riders including the backriders are obliged to wear ICC-marked helmets in order to curb the rising number of deaths in motorcycle accidents that is frequently caused by the absence or substandard protective gears.
RA 10054 does not cover tricycles and other similar modes of transportation such as pedicab. Based from the law’s Implementing Rules and Regulations that was released recently, all helmets to be sold beginning 2012 must bear the ICC mark. Carbonell added “for motorcycle riders whose helmets were purchased prior to 2012, they are required to go to the nearest DTI office to obtain the ICC sticker.”
Land Transportation Office will begin to implement the new measure on January, 2013 where stiffer penalties await violators.
DTI will be processing ICC sticker applications for free until the end of the year. (WLB/CLJD-PIA 3)