The implementation of the amended bicycle law in sight after the pandemic
The implementation of the ordinance requiring the compulsory registration of bicycles in the city of Davao is observed just after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta, supporter of the “Amended Bicycles and Light Mobility Vehicles Ordinance of Davao City”, which passed third and final reading on July 27, 2021, is still awaiting Mayor Sara’s signature Duterte-Carpio before its implementation.
The newly adopted ordinance is an amendment to Ordinance 0409-10 or the Davao City Bicycle Ordinance, and harmonized with the General Transportation and Traffic Code of Davao City.
While the ordinance is still being transmitted to the executive department, Executive Ordinance (EO) 40, or “An ordinance providing for the suspension of bicycle registration, bicycle registration fees and authorizing the use of bicycles. bike lanes in Davao City “, which was released on June 19, 2020, will still be in effect.
According to the IB, the temporary suspension of the application of certain provisions of the two ordinances would allow the Dabawenyos to use the cycle paths “without fear of penalty for non-registration, etc., until the two ordinances have been completed. harmonized ”.
“Kay katong executive decree niya, nagsulti nga i-delay lang sa ang registration or i-pending sa tungod kay pandemic. So iyang gibutang made EO nga either after the pandemic or after maamyendahan ug ma-harmonize ang duha ka ordinance (According to the executive order, it indicates that the registration of the bicycle will be delayed or will be on hold due to the ongoing Covid-19. It has been stipulated that the effectiveness of the OE will be until after the pandemic or after the two ordinances will be amended and harmonized), “Acosta said in an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio.
Acosta said the mayor may delay the implementation of the ordinance for economic reasons amid the pandemic.
“We will wait for his directive kung unsa ato sundon – ang pag-ayo sa duha ka ordinance (on when the ordinance will come into force – after the harmonization of the two ordinances) or after the pandemic,” she said. .
Acosta said the ordinance, which has been the subject of two committee hearings, is intended to track developments in alternative transport, which has experienced a boom after public transport limitations caused by current restrictions in the pandemic of Covid-19.
Acosta also said that this was in line with the order of the Home Office and Local Government (DILG) urging all local government units to establish cycle paths on all local roads to help those who will be cycling to their work destination due to reduced capacity. public transport.
The ordinance corrected the inconsistencies in the provisions stipulating the registration fees for bicycles covered by the bicycle ordinance and the highway code.
The bicycle ordinance requires the registration of the bicycle with the obligatory payment of P20. When registering, the bicycle must be brought to ensure that the brakes work and that it has the necessary accessories required.
The traffic code also required bikers to register each year with the municipal transport and traffic management office (CTTMO) for a fee of 150 P.
The inconsistencies of the ordinance have earned various remarks from cyclists and enthusiasts.
Under the newly enacted ordinance, Acosta said that registration of bicycles intended for recreational and transport purposes will be charged P20 while bicycles used for commercial purposes will be charged P150.
Bikers will no longer have to go to the CTTMO since the barangays will be designated in the annual registration.
According to the updated ordinance, the registration of a bicycle or light mobility vehicle is valid for one year.