MMDA Set to Launch Motorcycle Riding Academy

(Ieshua-Jairen Asuncion/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced plans to open a Motorcycle Riding Academy in Metro Manila to train riders.

This materialized after the MMDA Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System identified motorcycle riders as being among the highest rates of deaths in traffic crashes in 2018, accounting for almost 38 percent of all fatalities (224 out of a total of 590).

According to MMDA acting chairman Don Artes in a statement, the Motorcycle Riding Academy will offer motorcycle beginners and experienced riders a riding and basic emergency response skills to reduce motorcycle accidents.

“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.

MMDA acting chairman Don Artes

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 academy is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2023, with a suggested location of a vacant property of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) along Julia Vargas Avenue and Meralco Avenue in Pasig City.

The MMDA explained that a technical working group would be created to formulate a “Motorcycle Safety Training Course module” that would give riders proper training and knowledge on different types, characteristics, basic parts, basic control and operation of motorcycles, different driving skills, as well as the different road safety laws and regulations.

All interested participants will be provided free training and certificates following completion of lectures, practical application, and the Basic Emergency Response Course.

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