A warning to motorcyclists: The House of Representatives approved House Bill 8322 on its second reading. The bill requires all motorcycle riders or user and operators to automatically turn on their headlights at all hours, day or night, while driving to lessen and prevent road incidents.

Authored Rep. Mariano Michael Velarde Jr. (Party-list, Buhay) proposed “Mandatory Automatic Headlights-On for motorcycles Act” under HB 8322 is a preventive measure to further security and safety for drivers as well as to passengers from harmful road accidents because the bill also pursue more proactive and preventive to lessen road accidents.

This bill is not only for the riders but also to motorcycle manufacturers because all motorcycle manufacturers, assemblers and distributors mandates that before the sale or distribution of any motorcycle, shall ensure that the same equipped with an automatic headlights on system, mechanism or device which is automatically turns on the headlights when the motorcycle is started and keeps the headlights while the engine is running.

The bill mandates that headlights must be sufficient to show a person or vehicle to meet the following conditions:

  • at any distance of not less than 30.5 meters when the motorcycle is operated at less than 40.225kph;
  • at any distance of not less than 61 meters when going from 40.225kph to 56.315kph; and
  • at a distance of 91.5 meters when the speed going faster than 56.315kph.

The upper beam must meet the minimum requirement above mentioned if the motorcycle has a multi-beam headlight.

Meanwhile, if it is a single-beam light it must be aimed in such a way that even if the motorcycle is loaded, the high intensity portion of the headlight at 7.625 meters ahead, would not project higher.

Manufacturers and distributors would be compulsory to install a system in their units that automatically turns on the headlights whenever the engine is running, if the bill passes into law. Upon registration the new motorcycle units are needed to undergo checking for this feature. The Importers would be banned also from importing units without this automatic function. Furthermore, motorcycles currently registered are required to have this automatic system installed one year after the issuance of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). 

The penalties shall be meted on erring for riders violating this act would be:

  1. P1,000 to P2,000 fine for the first violation
  2. P2,500 to P3,000 fine for the second violation
  3. P3,500 to P5,000 fine and suspension of driver’s license for one month, for the third and succeeding violations

There are also penalties for erring manufacturers, importers, and distributors:

  1. P5,000 to P10,000 fine and suspension of the license to manufacture, assemble, import, or distribute for a period of one year, for the first violation
  2. P10,000 to P20,000 fine and suspension of the license to manufacture, assemble, import, or distribute for two years, for the second violation
  3. P50,000 fine and five-year suspension of the license to manufacture, assemble, import, or distribute, for the third violation

Lastly, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) coordinates with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the Department of Education (DepEd), private agencies and organizations concerned, will be engage nationwide information, education and communication campaign to achieve the objectives of the Act.