By Mary Lailani P. Tupaz

NAVAL, Biliran (PIA) – With the strict implementation of the Helmet Law in January this year by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) or Product Standard (PS) stickers are a must on all helmets worn by motorcycle riders on the road.

Motorists caught wearing helmets with no ICC or PS stickers are imposed fines as mandated by law.

In a telephone interview this morning with Engr. Celerina Bato, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Biliran Provincial Director, she said that their office has stopped issuing ICC stickers on the last working day of December 2012.

It was learned that DTI started issuing ICC stickers in July last year for free until December, 2012 to ease the financial burden of motorcycle owners in buying new helmets bearing ICC stickers.

Since DTI has already stopped issuing ICC and PS stickers, starting January this year, all helmets sold in the market already bear the ICC and PS stickers. Old helmets that do not have ICC or PS stickers are subject to apprehension and fines if worn by motorcycle riders on the road, said Engr. Bato.

Engr. Bato added that the government is not only after the ICC and PS stickers but for the safety of motorists in the streets.

ICC stickers are issued by the government to importers for imported products while PS stickers are put on commodities manufactured within the country, said Engr. Bato. # (PIA 8 Biliran)

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