The clamor for the installation of speed limiters on public utility buses (PUBs) may have died down since Senator JV Ejercito filed Senate Bill 2110 or the ‘Electronic Speed Limiter Act of 2014’ early last year, but the issue is still very much alive. Along with a new set of senators, a new bill has been filed, addressing the same issue.
Senators JV Ejercito, Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes, Miriam Defensor Santiago and Loren B. Legarda have filed Senate Bill 2999 or the ‘Road Speed Limiter Act 2015’ last November 3 that will mandate all PUBs to have speed limiters installed within 18 months after the effectivity of the Act.
The speed limiters must operate in accordance with the standards and specifications set by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
Speeds limits have been set for PUBs, and it is as follows:
On EDSA, the speed should not exceed a maximum of 60 kph
On the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), Tarlac Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), and Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Tollway), speed should not exceed a maximum of 80 kph.
PUBs will be mandated to install standard speed limiters prior to registering with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and application or renewal of franchise with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Operators of PUBs who fail to install speed limiters will have their franchise suspended for at least three months by the LTFRB and receive a fine not exceeding Php 100,000.
Drivers will also be fined an amount not more than Php 50,000 if they drive a PUB without a speed limiter, or if the speed limiter is malfunctioning or has been tampered with, and have their license suspended for at least one month.
The second offense for the operator will result in the same fine and a six-month franchise suspension, while the driver will have his license suspended for three months and also pay the corresponding fine.
Succeeding violations will result in driver’s license revocation and a one-year franchise suspension, along with the consequent fines.
Tampering with the speed limiters carries a prison term of at least six months but not more than three years and a Php 30,000 fine.
The LTFRB, LTO, DOTC shall be tasked to draw up the implementing rules and regulations should this bill be signed into law.