House approves bill on mandatory speed limiters in PUVs

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Photo credit: Daimler.com Photo credit: Daimler.com[/caption] House Bill 5911, to be known as “Speed Limiters Act,” requires all public utility vehicles (PUVs), shuttle services, closed vans, haulers, cargo trailers and tanker trucks to install a standard speed limiter before they can register at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) or be given franchise by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). “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,” said Catanduanes rep. Cesar V. Sarmiento, chairman of House Committee on Transportation. Under the measure, the driver, operator or owner of vehicles with non-functioning, tampered or without the speed limiter with a fine of P50,000. Aside from the fine, the driver’s license will be suspended for one month for the first offense, three-month suspension of driver’s license for second offense, and revocation of license for third offense. 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 suspension of operation for one year. Any person guilty of tampering the speed limiter shall suffer a penalty of imprisonment of not more than three years and a fine of P30,000. ]]>

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