Saturday, May 25, 2024

House bill on installation of speed limiters in PUVs hurdles 2nd reading

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure requiring the mandatory installation of speed limiter in public utility and certain types of vehicles.

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House Bill 5911, to be known as “Speed Limiters Act,” seeks to address the problem of over-speeding, which causes a significant number of traffic accidents.

“By installing a speed limiter in public utility vehicles and multi-wheeler cargo trucks, every driver will be forced to drive under a calibrated and calculated speed, then, speed related accidents will diminish,” Rep. Cesar V. Sarmiento (Lone District, Catanduanes), chairman of House Committee on Transportation, said.

Under the measure, no public utility vehicles (PUVs), shuttle services, covered vehicles such as closed vans, haulers, cargo trailers and tanker trucks can be registered by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) or be given franchise by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) without the standard speed limiter installed and set in the vehicle.

The measure penalizes driver, operator or owner of vehicles with non-functioning, tampered or without the speed limiter with a fine of P50,000.

In addition to the fine, first time offending driver will have his driver’s license suspended for one month while second time offense shall be meted with a three-month suspension of driver’s license. For subsequent offense, the driver’s license will be revoked.

Likewise, the franchise of the motor vehicle of the offending owner or operator of the vehicle shall be suspended for three months for first offense, six months for the second offense, and subsequent commission, suspension of operation for one year.

Any person guilty of tampering the speed limiter will suffer a penalty of imprisonment of not more than three years and a fine of P30,000.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), in coordination with the LTO, LTFRB, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and in consultation with private-stakeholders, will formulate and promulgate the necessary implementing rules and regulations of the proposed law.


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