Overspeeding buses and the destruction they leave in their wake may soon be a thing of the past as the Congressional Bicameral Conference Committee swiftly passed the bill that mandates the installation of speed limiters on every public utility vehicle.

Spending years pending in both chambers of Congress, this bill authored by Senator Joseph Victor ‘JV’ Ejercito seeks to protect passengers and pedestrians from Public Utility Buses (PUBs) speeding out of control.

“Fatal accidents that involved the Don Mariano, GV Florida, and Valisno buses prompted me to file this bill,” Ejercito said.

Taxis, tricycles, and jeepneys will not yet be mandated to install speed limiters until after a review is done by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).

“Only after a year of implementation will the Department of Transportation and Communication review whether taxis, tricycles, and jeepneys should also be installed with speed limiters,” Ejercito said.

The penalty for operators who do not comply has been set, a Php 50,000 fine and suspension of the franchise.

Initial proposals in the development of the bill indicated a speed limit of 60 kph within city limits and 80 kph on expressways but the Bicameral panel resolved to let the DOTC, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Land Transportation Office, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Trade and Industry decide on that, including the bill's Implementing Rules and Regulations.

It is now up to President Benigno Aquino III to sign this bill into law and end the days of speeding public utility vehicles that endanger the lives of the commuters they carry and other motorists.