Enforce speed limit law, DOTr reminded

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MANILA – The Department of Transportation was reminded to “properly implement” or the Road Speed Limiter Act of 2016.

The department must submit a “detailed report” on the state of implementation of Republic Act 10916, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said.

The law requires public utility vehicles (PUVs) to install speed limiter devices.

The measure lapsed into a law on July 21, 2016 after President Rodrigo Duterte failed to act on it 30 days after Congress sent it to his office for signing.

Pimentel made the comment in light of the May 22 five-vehicle smashup – two buses, a truck and two private cars – in Libmanan, Camarines Norte that killed three people and injured 10 others.

“Although the investigation has yet to establish who is at fault for the accident, I think this is an opportune time to remind the DOTr to properly implement RA 10916, as it is its duty,” Pimentel said.

The Road Speed Limiter Act covers closed vans, haulers or cargo trailers, PUVs, shuttle service vehicles, tanker trucks, and other vehicles to be determined by the DOTr.

Section 5 of the law requires the Land Transportation Office to deny registration and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to withhold franchises for noncompliant vehicles./PN

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