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Guardo wants mandatory protective gear for e-bike, e-scooter users

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Councilor Jerry Guardo proposed an ordinance mandating electric scooter (e-scooter) or bike (e-bike) drivers in Cebu City to wear protective helmets and reflectorized stickers/vest/lights.

Guardo’s proposal entitled “E-scooter and Bike Helmet and Reflectorized Ordinance” was referred to the Committee on Laws, Ordinances, and Styling for review.

Under the new normal brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, bicycles and e-scooters/e-bikes have become a necessity for people who commute in the city. (https://bit.ly/37quMwp)

Section 4 of the proposed ordinance provides that all e-scooter and bike drivers shall at all times wear protective helmets and wear reflectorized vest/stickers/lights while driving on any type of road and highway within the city.

Any person driving an e-scooter or e-bike on any road in the city shall drive the same at a careful and prudent speed of not more than 30 kilometers per hour, having due regard for the traffic, width of thoroughfares, and of any other condition then and there existing, Section 5 states.

The violators will be penalized with a fine of P1,500 for the first offense; P3,000, second offense; and P5,000 and confiscation of the e-scooter/bike, third offense.

“The increasing numbers of accidents involving e-scooters or bikes within the City of Cebu compromise the maintenance of peace and order and the promotion of public security and safety necessary for the advantage of the general welfare of the people,” the proposed measure read.