Everything you need to know about The Seat Belts Use Act

Everything You Need To Know ABout The Seat Belts Use Act In The Philippines

The topic of the importance of using seat belts has been widely discussed. It has now become second nature to most people, drivers and passengers alike. 

Here are some advantages of wearing a seatbelt:

  1. Protects your passengers.

Wearing a seatbelt not only helps in keeping passengers safe during a car crash but during instances when the car over speeds or suddenly halts. 

  1. Make airbags more effective

You might not be able to use your airbags if you are not wearing your seat belt because some car models use a sensor from the seatbelt to activate the airbags during a car crash.

  1. Be Safe Legally

The Seat Belts Use Act of 1999 RA 8750 in the Philippines is  “An Act Requiring the Mandatory Compliance by Motorists of Private and Public Vehicles to Use Seat Belt Devices, and Requiring Vehicle Manufacturers to Install Seat Belt Devices in all Their Manufactured Vehicles”.

What you need to know about the Seat Belt Act of 1999

RA 8750 came into effect in May 2000, requiring car manufacturers to implement seat belt facilities, and allowing motorists and passengers, both in private and public cars, to use these devices properly.

Children aged six and below are not allowed to sit in the front seat of any moving car, even though they are wearing a seat belt.

For private vehicles

All passengers are allowed to wear their seat belts at all times, including those in the front and back seats.

For public vehicles

A driver of any public utility vehicle must have signages as reminders for passengers to put on their seat belts. Said driver must also remind his front seat passengers to wear their seat belts, or not allow them to board the vehicle and resume their journey.

In the case of special public transit vehicles such as school buses or school services, front-seat occupants, and first-row passengers should use and wear their respective seat belts at all times when inside the vehicle with an operating engine.

The fines and penalties with regards to RA 8750 are as follows:

Failure to wear a prescribed seatbelt for drivers.
Failure of PUV drivers and operators to post appropriate signages instructing front-seat passengers to wear seatbelts.
Failure of manufacturers, assemblers, importers, and distributors to install seat belt devices prior to distribution.

It is important to understand that wearing a seatbelt is more than just a legal requirement but more for you, your passengers’ safety, and the safety of all those who share the road with you.

The road is utilized not by drivers alone but is shared by everyone who needs to go by their daily living. Legal connotations of wearing seat belts are created with the safety of everyone in mind.

Before you ride and drive any vehicle, it is best if you are fully aware of the rules and regulations of the road. These are discussed in detail in the theoretical driving courses provided by Drivesafe PH, the 1st LTO Accredited Online Theoretical Driving Course Provider. DriveSafe.PH is a social learning platform that provides accessibility to Defensive Driving Education to future Filipino drivers, who would like to take the first step in Road Safety.

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