Bill filed to force slow traffic to use rightmost lane

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Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted September 21, 2015 16:41

Senator Santiago files bill demanding slow traffic to use rightmost lane

Has it really come down to this?

Have we become so stubborn that nothing less than the President’s signature can make us obey a basic traffic tenet?

That may be the case if Senate Bill 2907, which was introduced by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, is signed into law.

The bill’s name is so long it can already serve as its explanatory note, ‘An Act requiring a vehicle proceeding upon a highway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic to drive in the right-hand lane for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb.’

Also called ‘Slow-moving Vehicles Act,’ it mandates that a vehicle that’s driving slower than the rest of the traffic that’s moving in the same direction must occupy the rightmost lane or the lane closest to the curb unless it will overtake another vehicle travelling as a much slower pace or preparing to turn left at an intersection.

Violators will be fined Php 10,000 or suffer the suspension of his/her Driver’s License for a period of three months.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will be tasked to install signs to indicate the lane slow moving vehicles may use.