House Bill 8322, chiefly authored by Rep. Mariano Michael Velarde, Jr. (Party-list, Buhay), has recently passed by the House of Representatives to require all the motorcycle riders to set their headlights on while on the road, whether day or night. It also applies to the traders of a motorcycle to sell their new bike products with the Automatic Headlights On (AHO) system, without it trading will be prohibited.

The bill has passed through a mandatory enforcement due to increasing number of accidents with a low-cost method to reduce and prevent road casualties. It is made to pursue being practically preventive rather than being intolerable to the carelessness of the riders on the road.

Concerning the bill, motorcycles must have one or two working headlights equipped with a single or multiple beams. The headlight must have a clear focus to a person or a vehicle from afar 1) at any distance of not less than 30.5 meters as the motorcycle run at any speed less than 40.225 kilometers per hour, 2) at any distance of not less than 61 meters if it runs at a speed of 40.225 to 56.315 kilometers per hour and, 3) at a distance of 91.5 meters if it runs at a speed greater than 56.315 kilometers per hour.”

If a motorcycle is having a multi-beam headlight, it must meet the set desired requirement mentioned above, for the upper beam. If with single beam headlight, it must consider a motorcycle loaded with stuff that at the distance of 7.625 meters ahead, its light coming from the center of the lamp must still project the object in front.

Once the Bill become a law, penalties will be implemented to the violators starting at P1, 000 to P2, 000 in the first offense, up to P5,000. And even suspension of license in a month when third and succeeding violations happened. Registration and renewal will not also be allowed for any motorcycle riders without filing with the AHO System. Even manufacturer, assembler, importer, or distributor will be punished if they tolerate distributing suspended license without the AHO System.

Implementers together with Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the Department of Education (DepEd), private agencies and organizations concerned, shall coordinate to enlighten, educate and inform all the riders nationwide on this campaign to make it work properly and maintain its objectives.