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    Post from mro by sir Jobert Bolanos

    FULL REPORT: LTO CONSULTATION, February 9, 2016

    Let me get straight to the point. Though it was agreed upon by the riders present that TEMPORARILY, one auxiliary light is allowed, it poses a lot of problems if looked at in a different perspective... Let me explain...

    Sa suggestion na ibinigay ng MCPF representative, na para daw mabilis ang usapan, why not just ask for ONE (1) auxiliary light while the discussion is ongoing for other provisions... That is ONE (1) unli LED basta single unit sya... Eto daw ang pinaka madaling way para ma pa approve ang request natin for auxiliary lights... To start the options, MRO suggested na gawing basis ang dami ng LED diodes (based on cree models of 12, 6 square, 6 straight, 4 and 3 led units available in the market) limit instead of just one LED unit so we have a choice between 2 6-LED units or 2 4-LED units or 2 3-LED units or just one 12 LED unit or what not... Then, we realized, there are LED's that have way too much power even if its just 1 LED, 3 LEDS, 4 LEDS, 6, 8, 12 and so on... So we retracted that suggestion...

    The MCPF representative also retracted his one unli unit suggestion because he was convinced that it is not a viable option based on the accounts from another rider from Laguna... Though it was then argued by the different groups, it went back to the one LED unit as suggested...

    The problem is this... Yes, one LED unit is not that bright... Or is it? Because that one unit can be a 6 LED, a single LED, a 12 LED or even a 72 LED for all we know... So if you allow a motorcycle to carry a single LED unit, you in effect, will allow a SUV the capability to install one unit but, it may have 72 LEDS... Fair? You know the answer...

    So, in retrospect, the LED provision is still under scrutiny... How do we measure? By the unit? By the LED diodes? By the wattage? By the CD/CL? By the Lumens? How?

    What is clear on the latest provision on auxiliary lights is:

    RA 4136 states - Additional lamps and light may be carried, but no red lights shall be visible forward or ahead

    of the vehicle.

    RA 4136 also states - Motorcycle and other vehicle lights. - Every motor vehicle of less than one meter of projected width shall be subject to the preceding provisions of this section, except that one headlight and one taillight shall be required. No signal light shall be necessary.

    Additional lamps may be carried provided they comply with the preceding provisions of this section.

    ACL-2009-018 states - In the presence of any auxiliary headlamp, the following requirements should be observed:

    7.4.2.29.1 Each auxiliary headlamp should be wired independently and have separate switches.

    7.4.2.29.2 The main beam of the auxiliary headlamp shall be directed downward but in no case towards the left side of the vehicle.

    7.4.2.29.3 The color of the auxiliary headlamp shall be white.

    7.4.2.29.4 The auxiliary headlamp shall be mounted in such a way that its aim will not be disturbed by vibration or shocks.

    ACL-2009-018 also states - 7.4.2.40 Headlight Test

    Automated Test Equipment (ATE) headlight tester shall be used. The test is for the measurement of luminous intensity and the photo metric axis or optical axis deviation of the vehicles headlight.The standards are as follows:

    7.4.2.40.1 Luminous intensity

    4-lamp type: 10,000 cd or more

    2-lamp type: 10,000 cd or more

    7.4.2.40.2 Deviation of optic axis direction at 10m forward:

    Right/Left Headlight

    Up — 0/Up — 0

    Down — 20 cm/Down — 20 cm

    Left — 20 cm/Left — 10 cm

    Right — 20 cm or less/Right — 20 cm or less

    Which brings me to another realization that was made earlier... There is NO LIMIT SPECIFIED on the luminous intensity... Because 10,000 cd or more means it should not be less than that number but, could be more...

    But wait, there's more... 10,000 cd or cl is equivalent to about 950 lumens based on the 20cm angle downwards...

    Lights on a 2016 montero is about 2400 lumens on dim and 3000 lumens on high... That does not include the factory installed fog lamps...

    So in effect, the WRITTEN LAW provides that:

    1. Auxiliary lights are allowed

    2. No limit stated but a minimum requirement of 10,000 cd

    3. No limit as to the number of auxiliary units

    4. The distance limit of the brightest luminescence on the ground is only 10 meters

    5. Will not be used in City or well lit streets

    Going back, as the group was arguing earlier on which basis to go by, they were in conflict between the limit, which everybody thought was only 10,000 cd where in fact there is no limit stated, and the earlier suggestion of just one auxiliary unit but, unlimited in nature... The problem with one unlimited unit is that, though it favors us in what we wish to use, it does not favor us because other wider vehicles can affix a LED bar of up to 72 LED or even more which is definitely blinding...

    Though LTO enforcement has agreed to the ff:

    1. Will not apprehend if the LED unit is off

    2. Will not apprehend if only one unit is in use

    3. Will not apprehend if the brightest luminescence on the ground does not exceed 10 meters

    We still see a problem in terms of the missing provisions on luminescence level, number of auxiliary units, height of installation and so on...

    So, in reality, there is still no clear provision and there are still problems that needs to be addressed...

    But wait, we have some additional news... MRO has been invited back to present the Unified Motorcycle Law Reaction Document later this week and we intend to highlight the provisions as stated on the existing documents to clarify that there are provisions missing and must be clarified before a new memo is created that will be the basis of such guidelines that is to be released next week...

    Now, the question is, what is fair to all road users? Where do we really base the final recommendations on? Do we rely on just motorcycle users? Or should the recommendation be based on all vehicles? Or do we use SAE J581 as the adopted standard for auxiliary lights?

    One thing is for sure, there are countless adaptations on different countries stating all the provisions missing in ours that can put a finality to this problem... All we need is to come to a collective consensus to adapt it or not...

    The rest is up to you... And with that said, since MRO will return to LTO sometime this week, we ask for an emergency meeting tomorrow evening @ the Quezon City Circle fountain/stage area at 7:00PM to discuss what we will return with on our round 2 consultation later this week...

    Moving forward, the provisions on carriers and saddle bags/carriers shall be based on what the exiting law provides... What is clear with the enforcement side is our carriers are not subject to apprehension but, that's upon clearance from all written documents in existence...

    We, the end users and the LTO are bound by what the written law provides... And all our positions, recommendations and suggestions are based on what is written on black and white... And whatever is missing, we recommend to adapt the SAE standards as other countries have to create a common guideline on safety and enforcement...

    And that is where MRO will continue the work and the fight against subjectivity and promote objectivity in the legislation we are and will be bound to...

    So again, we call upon all those willing to participate, suggest, recommend to attend tomorrow's public consultation at the Quezon City Circle fountain/stage area at 7:00PM...

    Thank you all!

    Relax lang po tayo...

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