Anton Andres / | May 09, 2017 16:13
School buses, trucks, other vehicles to be speed limited by RA 10916
It looks like jeepneys and buses aren't the only ones that will have to be fitted with speed limiters in the near future. In a recent symposium held by the DOTr, the agency has broadened the scope of RA 10916 to include more vehicles. Besides that, the DOTr also released guidelines for compliance and implementation.
Under RA 10916, certain heavy commercial vehicles will also be required to be fitted with speed limiters. These are cargo trucks, tanker trucks, mini buses, delivery vans, shuttle services, tourist transport services, school buses and Filcabs. The DOTr is adamant that only accredited installers must be the only ones to fit the devices to the vehicles mentioned above. It is also the task of these installers to calibrate the speed limiters. On top of that, the DOTr added that they will strictly apply the 'no limiter, no registration' rule as well.
The DOTr has also released strict guidelines as to which speed limiters can be used for the vehicles mentioned. Each limiter will be undergoing annual testing and certification, which will be done by testing facilities accredited by the agency. Afterwards, these must go through certification the Bureau of Philippines Standards (BPS) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Only then will a certificate of conformity and certification of the speed limiter will be given to the device.
Once the rule is in full force, the DOTr is giving six months to owners and operators to fit the speed limiters to public utility vehicles (ie. jeepneys and buses) and shuttle services. As for the rest of the vehicles covered by RA 10916, these should be fitted with the limiter within a year of its implementation. This is a much shorter timeframe than Senate Bill 2999 or the ‘Road Speed Limiter Act 2015’ which sees buses being fitted with speed limiters within 18 months after the effectivity of the Act.
Heavy penalties will be imposed to those who operate without a speed limiter, run with a non-functioning unit or a tampered device. The first offense is a Php 50,000 fine with driver-operators facing suspension of their license for one month or the suspension of the vehicle's franchise for three months for owner-operators. The second offense is also a Php 50,000 fine and the revocation of the driver-operator's license while owner-operators get their franchise suspended for six months. As for the third offense, it applies to both driver-operators and owner-operators. The penalty for that will be the suspension of the vehicle's franchise for one year.
At the time of writing, the group working for the Speed Limiter Law has not yet released the actual maximum speeds for the covered vehicles.