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Seatbelts Use Act of 1999

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Transcript of Seatbelts Use Act of 1999

Seatbelt
Republic Act No. 8750
Definition of terms
(a) "Motorist" shall refer to the driver of a motor vehicle.
(b) "Seat belt device" shall refer to any strap, webbing or similar device in the form of pelvic restraint or lap belt, upper torso restraint or shoulder strap or a combination thereof designed to secure a person in a motor vehicle in order to mitigate the results of any accident, including all necessary buckles and other fasteners, and all hardware designed for installing such seat belt device in a motor vehicle.
(c) "Motor vehicle" shall refer to both private and public motor vehicle. The term shall not include the tricycle and motorcycle.
(d) "Private motor vehicle" shall refer to any of the following:
(1) Any motor vehicle owned by individuals and juridical persons for private use;
(2) Any motor vehicle owned by the National Government or any of its agencies, instrumentalities or political subdivisions, including government-owned or controlled corporations or their subsidiaries for official use; and
(3) Any diplomatic vehicle.
(e) "Public motor vehicle" shall refer to public utility vehicle or vehicle for hire.
(f) "Motor vehicle of running engine" shall refer to a vehicle as stated herein, operating and standing on any road or thoroughfare with engine running.
(g) "Front seat passengers" shall refer to persons on board a public utility vehicle seated at the right side beside the driver for public utility jeepneys (PUJs) and to passengers seated at the right side beside the driver and those at the first row immediately behind the driver in the case of public utility buses (PUBs) and to passengers seated on the right side beside the driver for private motor vehicles.
Highlights
1) The driver and front seat passengers are required to wear 3-point seatbelts.
2) The rear seat passengers are required to wear at least lap belts.
3) No child under 6 years of age are allowed to occupy the front seats.
4) The law applies even if a vehicle is stuck in traffic, i.e., whenever the vehicle is in circulation on a public or private street and not just when the vehicle is in motion.

Highlights (cont.)
5) The above provisions apply to all drivers and passengers in taxis, to the front seat and middle row passengers in private and public AUVs (FXs, Hi-Landers and Adventures) and SUVs with the passengers in any rear bench seats exempt and to the drivers and passengers in the front seats of jeepneys and buses. All drivers and passengers in vans are likewise required to wear seatbelts.
6) All non-complying vehicles are required to install seatbelts within one year of the effectivity of the law, i.e., by 15 November 2000, prior to scheduled renewal of registration.

Penalties/Fines
ON THE DRIVER
a) For failure to wear the prescribed seat belt devices and/or
failure to require his passengers to wear the prescribed seat belt
device:
1st violation: P100-P1000
2nd violation: P200-P2000
3rd and succeeding violations: P500-P5000
b) Public utility vehicles- failure to post appropriate signages
instructing front seat passengers to wear seat belts when inside
the vehicle
for every violation: P300-P3000
Penalties/Fines
ON ANY MANUFACTURER, ASSEMBLER, IMPORTER AND DISTRIBUTOR
1st violation: P5,000-P10,000 & suspension of
license for 1 year
2nd violation: P10,000-P20,000 & suspension of
license for 2 years
3rd violation: P20,000-P50,000 & suspension of
license for 5 years
Seatbelts Use Act of 1999
Republic Act No. 8750
a belt or strap securing a person to prevent injury, especially in a vehicle or aircraft
forms a fundamental part of the occupant protection system in all modern motor vehicles
mainly made from strong durable materials such as polyamide.
mandates drivers and front passengers of both private and public vehicles to wear seat belts while inside a running vehicle
introduced by Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes
approved by Pres. Joseph Estrada on August 5, 1999
16 sections
-(Nylon) the generic name for all long-chain fiber-forming polyamides with recurring amide groups.
-very resistant to wear and abrasion, have good mechanical properties even at elevated temperatures, have low permeability to gases and have good chemical resistance.
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