While a good number of private motorists already have dash cams installed in their vehicles, the greater majority of automobiles plying the roads of Metro Manila do not and that includes public utility vehicles (PUVs).
This may soon change with a new bill filed in the Upper House authored by Senator JV Ejercito. The Act known as the ‘Dash Cam Law’ seeks to mandate the installation of dash cams in all public utility vehicles including app-based transportation services, government-owned units, school and offices service units and vehicles that offer transport service to the public.
Under the bill, the dash cam must not occupy more than a 5-square inch area on the left side of the driver’s side of the windshield or not more than a 7-square inch area on the right side of the passenger’s side of the windshield.
The dash cam must be attached via a suction cup or strapped onto the stock rearview mirror and must turn on automatically once the vehicle is started and begin recording video on a removable storage.
Use of the dash cams must be done in compliance with the current Data Privacy Act of 2012.
Penalty for non-compliance is a fine not exceeding Php 50,000 and/or suspension of franchise.
The Department of Transportation and Department of Interior and Local Government shall be responsible for implementing this, should it be passed into law.