It looks like motorists in Metro Manila will soon have to abide by a set speed limit of 60 km/h.

That's right, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) recently announced that they are planning to implement a speed limit across all roads in Metro Manila. According to MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia, the speed limit will help reduce accidents particularly during off-peak hours and in the early morning.

“It is during the early dawn where most accidents tend to happen. The planned 60 km/h speed limit will be implemented across Metro Manila in order to lessen road accidents,” said Garcia.

Garcia also dismissed the idea that some vehicles will not be able to move faster due to the 60 km/h speed limit.

“Can we actually drive at 60 km/h? We can only drive at that speed along certain roads like Commonwealth, along Roxas Boulevard at noontime, and upon approaching Balintawak and Monumento,” added Garcia.

MMDA Traffic Chief Bong Nebrija, on the other hand, said that all Metro Manila mayors have approved of their proposal in a recent Metro Manila Council meeting. However, they are still waiting for all of the mayors to sign the resolution for the 60 km/h speed limit. He added that they need to have it published first before actually implementing it.

Nebrija did mention that some mayors were not convinced whether the 60 km/h speed limit would actually help curtail accidents on the road, the reason being that most vehicles do not actually reach 60 km/h due to heavy traffic in the metro.

Once the MMDA implements the new speed limit, Nebrija said that they will be using speed guns in order to apprehend speeding motorists.

 

Source: Inquirer, CNN