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Para safe! Albay Gov Bichara eyes stricter motorbike laws

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Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara is contemplating about making motorcycle regulations stricter as a means of halting the rising number of motorcycle-related accidents and deaths.

“Maybe we can create an ordinance where motorcycles can only be purchased by those with license, penalize retailers that sell to those without license, and motorcycle owners who lend their units to people without licenses,” Bichara said Monday.

The politiko broached these ideas during the Provincial Government’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with regards to Provincial Ordinance No. 99-009, also known as the Traffic Safety of Albay ordinance.

Present during the event were officers and representatives of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine National Police – Albay (PNP), and the Department Heads from the Provincial Government of Albay.

Bichara is particularly alarmed that the motorcycle accidents sometimes involve young Albayanos, thus more stringent laws may be needed.