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Sen. Miriam Santiago files new auto-related bills

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Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago | posted February 02, 2016 08:53

Senator Santiago addresses automotive issues in four new bills

Have you ever felt unsafe as a pedestrian walking along the streets? Or have you ever had the urge to let your 12-year old nephew take the wheel?

Bill No. 3149 or the ‘Reckless Driving Prevention Act’ seeks to make reckless imprudence behind the wheel a more grievous offence by adding a few more penalties to the ones already indicated in Article 365 of the Penal Code.

In this bill, on the first conviction, the driver’s license will be suspended by a period of not more than three months; the second conviction comes with a suspension of six months to a year, while the third conviction is revocation without reinstatement until the driver completes a driving refresher course from a driving school duly accredited by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

The ‘Motor Vehicle Safety Act’ or Bill No. 3144 seeks to penalize vehicle owners who allow any unauthorized person to drive the said vehicle with the exemption of duly licensed driving schools and their instructors.

Any person caught committing this offence shall be fined not less than Php 1,000 but not more than Php 10,000 or imprisonment of not less than one month but not more than six months, or both depending on the findings and decision of the court.

For people in the market for used vehicles Bill No. 3136 or the ‘Used Car Lemon Act’ has you covered.

Under this bill, warranties must be issued by the dealer or the private seller and these cannot be waived under any circumstance.

The coverage of warranty depends on the mileage of the vehicle at the time of purchase as outline below:

Mileage

Warranty Period

Less than 64,500 km.

90 days or 6,035 km., whichever comes first

64,500 to 128,746 km.

60 days or 4,023 km., whichever comes first

128,747 to 201,167 km.

30 days or 2,012 km., whichever comes first

201,168 km. or over

No express warranty

If the mileage cannot be determined at the time of the sale, the warranty period is calculated based on the age of the vehicle as outlined below:

Age of Vehicle

Warranty Period

3 years old or less

90 days or 6,035 km., whichever comes first

More than 3 years old and less than 6 years old

60 days or 4,023 km., whichever comes first

More than 6 years old.

30 days or 2,012 km., whichever comes first

This next bill is for people who just can’t stand the noise coming from vehicles with excessively loud engine exhausts or horns.

Bill No. 3118 or the ‘Motor Vehicle Noise Regulation Act’ seeks to punish persons loudly operating a vehicle within a residential area between the hours of 8PM and 8AM of the next day.

In order to commit this offence, the sound must be audible to the human ear, even if the vehicle is operating from a distance in excess of 150 meters from the property line and/or if the sound raises the ambient noise level or the residential property by more than five decibels.

This will not be applicable to vehicles operating on a public highway or in an emergency situation.

Violators will be fined Php 5,000.

Finally, and since some carnapping cases allegedly involve members of the Philippine military and/or police force, Senator Santiago revises a part of a section of Republic Act 6539 or the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972.

In Senate Bill No. 3111, a line is added indicating that the penalty of life imprisonment to death shall be imposed when the offender is found to be a member or a former member of the military or the police force.

There’s your tax money at work but do let us know if you feel like these bills are good to go or if it needs to get rehashed or recycled.

These are some of the issues tackled and hopefully resolved if these new bills filed by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago gets approved by a bi-cameral committee and finally, the signature of the president.