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MMDA to establish motorcycle riding academy for safer road

January 23, 2023 - Monday 5:01 PM by GDM

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With the rising cases of deadly motorcycle accidents in Metro Manila over the past few years, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) wants to save as many motorcyclists as possible by creating a Motorcycle Riding Academy.

Motorcycle Riding Academy is a project to provide motorcycle safety training course modules to beginners and experienced riders.

These include different types, characteristics, basic parts, basic control and operation of motorcycles; various road safety laws, rules, and regulations about the operation of motorcycles; necessary driving skills on how to avoid hazardous situations; and; understanding risk awareness and risk-taking, said the MMDA.

Riding and basic emergency response training are also included for the riders.

“The Academy would provide riders with formal training on both theoretical and practical aspects of motorcycle riding,” MMDA Acting Chair Atty. Don Artes said.

“Through this Motorcycle Riding Academy, we aim to further promote road safety, particularly to our motorcyclists who are very much at risk of road mishaps. It's a good opportunity for them to refresh and hone their riding skills and to provide first aid to people who will encounter unexpected road accidents,” he added.

The training will be open to all interested participants for free, and certificates will also be given upon completion of the lectures.

“The MMDA will also collaborate with concerned Metro Manila local government units and other stakeholders in the promotion of the Motorcycle Riding Academy which is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2023,” the MMDA said in a statement.

A report from MMDA Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System (MMARAS) stated that motorcycle riders were among the greatest road crash fatalities in 2018.

This accounts for around 80% or 224 fatalities from 590, while in 2020 and 2021, there were 253 and 295 fatalities, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Philippines was placed 11th out of 175 countries in the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with a reported 10,012 road traffic deaths, 4.7% of which were drivers or passengers of two- or three-wheelers.

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