The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will soon set up the Motorcycle Riding Academy to provide formal training to riders on the theoretical and practical aspects of motorcycle riding.
According to the MMDA, they will also form a technical working group (TWG) to develop a Motorcycle Safety Training Course module that will provide proper training and basic knowledge such as different types, characteristics, basic parts, basic control, and operation of motorcycles; various road safety laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to motorcycle operation; and necessary driving skills on how to avoid hazardous situations.
The training will be free to all interested participants. Attendees will be awarded certificates upon completion of the lectures, practical application, and Basic Emergency Response Course.
Motorcycle Riding Courtesy, Motorcycle Orientation, Road Traffic Rules and Regulations, and Motorcycle Safety Laws are among the topics covered in lectures, while simulation exercises include Preparing to Ride, Common Riding Situations, MC Safety Driving Demonstration, and Motorcycle Basic Riding Course.
The proposed site for the Motorcycle Riding Academy is on Julia Vargas Avenue, corner Meralco Avenue, in Pasig City. It is expected to be operational in Q1 2023.
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Motorcycle riders were among the highest road crash fatalities in 2018, according to the MMDA Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System (MMARAS), accounting for approximately 38% of the total 590 fatalities. The number of fatalities increased between 2020 and 2021, reaching 253 and 295, respectively.