The Quezon City council has reduced the amount of fine against cyclists caught not wearing helmets following appeals from the public.
From P1,000, P3,000, and P5,000 fines for the first, second, and third offense, they are lowered to only P300, P500, and P1,000, respectively, according to Mayor Joy Belmonte.
Belmonte on Tuesday expressed her gratitude to the city council “for recognizing and addressing the citizens’ collective sentiment on the heavy fines being imposed on bicycle riders,” especially at a time when most people are affected by the crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease pandemic.
“Ang purpose naman po ng ordinansa ay hindi para magparusa, kundi bigyang-diin ang safety ng bawat rider (The purpose of the ordinance is not to punish people but to give emphasis to the safety of each rider),” Belmonte said.
“Ayaw nating maging dagdag na pabigat ang patakarang ito sa mahihirap nating kababayan na nagbibisikleta na lang papunta sa trabaho para makatipid sa pamasahe (We don’t want this measure to be another burden to our poor constituents who are using bicycles to go to work to save money),” she added.
Recently, the local government started to give away hundreds of free helmets to bikers who could not afford to buy one following the passing of an ordinance that makes wearing of helmets strictly mandatory in the city.
The city government officials did not immediately implement the issuance of citation tickets against violators pending the approval of the measure’s Implementing Rules and Regulations.
Belmonte also said that they want to give cyclists enough time to be able to comply.