DTI-Davao monitors helmet stores
Subscribe Now April 06, 2013 at 08:45am
Republic Act (RA) 10054 or the Helmet Law, "an act mandating all motorcycle riders to wear standard protective motorcycle helmets while driving," was fully implemented last January 3, 2013.
In an interview, Rachel Remetio, head of the Consumer Welfare and Trade Regulation Division (CWTRD) of the DTI, said they conduct the monitoring to ensure that all helmets sold in the market are certified that bear the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers.
She said that the monitoring is also intended to run after those who sell helmets with fake ICC marks, but added no complaints have been reported yet to her office as of Friday.
"If there is any, maybe, it has been resolved in the field office level," she said.
Personnel from the field offices of DTI are the ones who conduct a region-wide monitoring on the retailers of helmet.
Those found to be selling helmets with falsified ICC markings will be meted P25,000. No exemption is imposed on retailers, Remetio said.
"Even if retailers will say they just get it from a distributor, that's not an excuse. The fact that they sell it, they are responsible for that," she added.
Earlier, DTI issued an advisory, warning consumers of seven brands, which possibly bear fake ICC stickers. These are Ben 2, KH, NSS, Oscar, Cobra, Pioneer and 2A.
Remetio said helmets with fake ICC stickers, or with none at all, are uncertified and that cannot ensure quality standards.
Uncertified helmets also failed to be tested by the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS), the agency responsible for all imported product stickering.
"Uncertified helmets affect the life and safety of the consumers," she said, adding that ICC stickers are not issued to importers if any products fail to pass quality standards.
In Davao City, Land Transportation Office (LTO) recorded a total of 66,716 registered motorcycle units as of last year.
LTO earlier told the motorists to secure prescribed helmets. Failing to do so will be penalized P1,500 for first offense, P3,000 for second offense.
A penalty fee of P5,000 and P10,000 are imposed for third-time offenders, and a revocation of driver's license shall be imposed for the fourth time offenders.
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