Rider training and licensing have little bearing on road safety, according to transport advocate ImagineLaw, weighing in on the current issues regarding motorcycle taxis and safety.
ImagineLaw claimed that driver education plays a very little part in making roads safer and that even licensing riders is not an assurance of road safety.
In an earlier article written by ImagineLaw’s Rochel S. Bartolay and Sophia Monica V. San Luis, Communications Officer and Executive Director, respectively, the law organization also claimed that the vulnerability of motorcycle riders is not only due to the skill of the driver, but also due to the design of motorcycles and environmental risks.
The article also mentioned an assessment of the effectiveness of interventions for motorcycle safety done by the United States National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration which ranked motorcycle licensing and motorcycle rider training low in terms of effect. It noted that there is limited data to conclude that these interventions are effective.
On the other hand, Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito recently filed a bill requiring riders to undergo mandatory safety riding training.
Senate Bill 1822 or the Motorcycle Safety Training Act of 2018 requires the completion of motorcycle safety training prior to the registration of their motorcycle. This measure is intended to educate all motorcycle riders of the proper rules and regulations of the road, as well as the appropriate safety practices required when operating a motorcycle.
Ejercito filed the bill explaining that human error is primarily to blame on the increasing number of road accidents in the country mostly involving two-wheelers. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) records show that 80% of the motorcycle accidents in the country were traced to human error, which could have been prevented through proper rider training.
Angkas, the first motorcycle ride-hailing platform in the country and proponent of motorcycle-rider-training in the Philippines, also revealed that the safety record of their trained drivers is 99.997%. Angkas requires motorcycle riders to undergo training before they can become official rider-partners of the service.
In a recent congressional hearing, Highway Patrol Group spokesperson P/Supt. Oliver Tanseco said that as far as the HPG records are concerned, there are no reports of accidents involving Angkas.