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05 - 18

The announcement that the Anti-distracted Driving Act will finally be enforced this week (today actually!) was met with a lot of questions from drivers, especially those that use navigation apps and other gadgets such as dash cameras.  If you read our previous article on this topic or have seen the news articles in the internet, you already have an idea of the exorbitant fees that will be charged anyone caught violating the law.  Quite obviously, the clamor for answers and clarifications was driven by the rather shocking fees you will have to pay if you so much as looked at your beeping phone while sitting behind the wheel.

We ran a research to find out what the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has to say about these questions.  We hope the following details gathered from the internet will help clear things out and set every driver’s mind at ease.

1.On the use of navigation apps installed on smartphones.

Question: Does this mean I could no longer use navigation apps while driving?

Answer: According to the LTO, drivers are still allowed to use these smartphone-based apps provided:

  • The driver sets the app BEFORE driving.
  • Uses a speaker to listen to the directions instead of looking at the smartphone screen.
  • Pulls over if he needs to reset his destination.

2. On the use of a mobile phone mount.

Question: Are mobile phone mounts included in the prohibitions?

Answer: No, for as long as the phone and the mount do not obstruct the driver’s view.

3. On the use of dash cameras.

Question: Should I now get rid of my dashcam?

Answer: Dashcams are allowed.  Just place it behind the rearview mirror so that, again, it does not obstruct the driver’s line of sight.

4. On the use of earphones while driving.

Question: Earphones are hands-free devices, am I allowed to use this while driving?

Answer: Yes but only to make or receive calls.  You should not use it to listen to music while on the road.

5. On heavily tinted cars whose drivers think they can “get away with it”.

Question: How will they know I’m using my mobile, they can’t see me!

Answer: This just in: The Department of Transportation now uses high-definition cameras that can detect light coming from devices inside heavily tinted cars.  Plus, enforcers are well-trained to distinguish if a driver is distracted by merely observing the car’s movement.

The law covers public and private vehicles, including bicycles, motorcycles, motorcycle taxis, “kalesas” or any other animal-driven wagons or carts.  Yes, no one is exempted, not even vehicles owned by the government.  According to the LTO Chief, violators can raise their contentions during the hearing at the LTO.  That simply means that enforcers will not let erring drivers slide and skedaddle without a violation ticket, no questions asked.

There you have it!  If you have other questions, feel free to post it here and we’ll try our best to dig deeper and find the answers for you.

Have a safe trip!

Reference: www.cnnphilippines.com

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05 - 16 (1)

In August of last year, we featured the details of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act and got various reactions from our readers.  Less than a year later, it will finally be enforced in all areas in the Philippines!

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, private and public utility drivers will no longer be allowed to use mobile devices behind the wheel, whether they are on the move or on full stop while waiting for traffic lights to change.

To refresh our memories, below are the salient points of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act and the penalties that await those who will insist on their exceptional multi-tasking abilities.

What is “Distracted Driving”?

In the bill, it is defined as:

  • “using a mobile communications device to write, send, or read text-based communication or to make or receive calls, and other similar acts.”
  • “an electronic entertainment or computing device to play games, watch movies, surf the internet, compose messages, read e-books, perform calculations, and other similar acts.”

Exemptions:

  • You may use the mentioned mobile devices as long as it does not interfere with your line of sight.
  • You may make and receive calls as long as you do so using hands-free functions such as speakerphones and earphones.
  • You may use the device to make an emergency call.
  • Drivers of ambulances, fire trucks, and the like may use their mobile phones for as long as this is done in the scope of their duties and when responding to emergencies.

What are the fines and penalties if a driver violates the law?

  1. First offense – Php 5,000
  2. Second offense – Php 10,000
  3. Third offense – Php 15,000 and a 3-month suspension of your driver’s license
  4. Fourth offense –Php 20,000 and revocation of your driver’s license

MMDA and PNP are empowered to apprehend violators, whether private or public vehicles, including government and diplomatic vehicles, motorcycles, and tricycles.

References:

www.gov.ph

http://www.topgear.com.ph

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Bagong Batas

Mula nang magsimula ang panunungkulan ng bagong Presidente, mahigit tatlumpung (30) panukalang batas na ang naipatupad bilang mga bagong batas sa ating bansa.

Sa ilalim ng ating konstitusyon, ang panukalang batas na lumagpas ng 30 araw na hindi napirmahan o tinanggihan ng presidente ay magla-“lapse” na bilang batas na ipatutupad para sa lahat.

Narito ang 8 sa mga pinaka pinag-usapang bagong batas:

1. Republic Act 10883 – Stricter Anti-carnapping Law

Hindi na maaaring mag piyansa ang mga makakasuhan ng Carnapping.  Mas mahabang sintensyang pagkaka-kulong din ang ipapataw sa kanila, mula sa dating 17 taon at 4 na buwan, aabot na ngayon ng 20 hanggang 30 taon.

2. Republic Act 10905 – Mandatory Subtitles

Ang lahat ng mga franchise holders, operators ng mga TV networks at producers ng mga TV shows na maglagay ng subtitles sa kanilang mga programa.  Ito ay para sa kapakanan ng mga manonood mula sa deaf community.

Hindi sakop ng batas na ito ang mga public service announcements na hindi tatagal ng sampung minuto at ang mga programang ipinalalabas sa pagitan ng ala-una hanggang ala-sais ng umaga.

Ang mga hindi susunod sa batas na ito ay pagmumultahin ng hindi bababa sa P50,000 at hindi lalagpas ng P100,000, at maaaring makulong ng mula 6 hanggang 12 buwan.  May posibilidad din na mabawi ang kanilang lisensya para mag operate.

3Republic Act 10906 – Stronger measures for the Anti-mail-order Bride Law

Ang mga mapapatunayang gumagawa at nag-nenegosyo ng pagpapa-dala ng mga babaeng Filipino sa ibang bansa para mag pakasal sa mga foreign nationals ay ikukulong ng 15 taon at pagmumultahin ng hindi bababa sa P500,000, ngunit hindi lalagpas ng P1 million.  Mas mataas na multa at mas mahigpit na parusa pa para sa mga nakapagpa-alis ng mahigit sa dalawang tao.

Sakop din ng batas pati ang mga taong nakipag sabwatan sa mga ganitong gawain.  Kung ang nagpapatakbo ng mail-order bride business ay dayuhan, sila ay ipapa deport pabalik sa kanilang bansa.

4. Republic Act 10909 – Exact Change

Hindi na maaaring mag bigay ng kendi o mag “thank you” sa mamimili dahil walang panukli.  Maaari nang i-reklamo ang mga establishments na gumagawa ng ganito.  Kailangan na rin mag lagay ng price tag sa mga paninda para makita agad ng mamimili kung magkano ang dapat niyang bayaran.

Narito ang mga multa sa mga mahuhuling lumalabag sa batas na ito:

  • P500 o 3% ng gross sales para sa unang pag labag.
  • P5,000 o 5% ng gross sales para sa pangalawang pag labag.
  • P15,000 o 7% ng gross sales at 3 buwan na suspension ng negosyo sa pangatlong pag labag.
  • P25,000 na multa at pagpapasara ng negosyo sa pang apat na pag labag.

5. Republic Act 10910 – Longer Prescription for Crimes of Graft and Corruption

Mas pinahaba na ang panahon para mapatawan ng sentensya ang mga makakasuhan ng graft and corruption.  Ang dating 15 taon ay ginawa nang 20 taon.

6. Republic Act 10911 – Anti-age discrimination for employees

Simula August 16, 2016, wala nang diskriminasyon sa edad ng mga naga-apply ng trabaho.  Bawal na din ang hindi pag bigay ng karampatang sweldo, mga oportunidad, promotion, at developmental training dahil lamang sa edad ng empleyado.

Ang mga lalabag sa batas na ito ay pagmumultahin ng hindi bababa sa P50,000 at hindi tataas sa P500,000 at pagkakakulong ng mula 3 buwan hanggang 2 taon.

7. Republic Act 10913 – Anti-distracted Driving Act

Bawal nang mag text, tumawag, o mag surf sa internet gamit ang mobile phone o ano pa mang electronic device habang nagmamaneho ng sasakyan.

Pagmumultahin ng P5,000 hanggang P15,000 ang mga lalabag sa batas na ito; sa pangatlong pagkakataon na mahuli ang driver, masususpinde ang kanyang driver’s license ng 3 buwan.

Sakop ng batas lahat ng uri ng sasakyan, mula bisikleta, motorsiklo, tricycle, pati mga diplomatic at government-owned vehicles.

8. Republic Act 10916 – Mandatory Speed Limiters

Kailangan nang maglagay ng speed limiter ang mga sasakyang pampubliko tulad ng mga bus, taxi, at jeep.  Binibigyan ang mga operators ng 18 buwan para makapagpa lagay nito sa kanilang mga units.  Hindi papayagang ma-rehistro o mabigyan ng prangkisa ang mga sasakyang walang speed limiter at pagmumultahin pa ng P50,000.

Maaari din ma-suspinde ang lisensya ng driver at franchise permit ng operator kapag hindi ito nakapag palagay ng speed limiter pagkaraan ng 18 buwan.

Ang mga mahuhuling pinakiki-alaman ang mga speed limiters sa kanilang sasakyan para makapan-daya ay ikukulong ng 6 hanggang 36 buwan at pagmumultahin ng P30,000.

Ignorance of the law excuses no one.  Responsibilidad ng bawat Pilipino na alamin kung ano ang mga bawal para maka iwas sa problema.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/08/04/16/look-8-new-interesting-laws-in-the-philippines

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ADDA

It is now illegal to use your mobile phone while driving or temporarily stopped at a red light.  Mobile phone use include texting, calling, surfing the net, and all other such activities done on a phone or any electronic gadget that take the driver’s attention away from the road.

The law also clearly states how violators will be penalized for refusing to comply with the ADDA:

  • First offense – P5,000 fine
  • Second offense – P10,000 fine
  • Third offense – P15,000 fine and a 3-month suspension on your driver’s license
  • Fourth offense – P20,000 fine and revocation of your driver’s license.

The MMDA and PNP are empowered to enforce the law, nationwide.

Are there exceptions to the ADDA?

The ADDA aims to prevent road mishaps resulting from distracted driving.  In reference, distracted driving is the use or performance of the following while the vehicle is in motion or stopped at a red light:

  • Using a mobile communications device to write, send, or read text messages;
  • Make or receive calls;
  • Using an electronic device to read e-books, play games, watch movies, etc.

However, if the mobile device is being used through hands-free function such as a speaker phone, the driver is not deemed “distracted” and therefore, is not considered a violation of the law.  This is also applicable for motorists who are dependent on mobile driving and navigation apps, provided that the device does not interfere with the driver’s line of sight.

Another exception is when the driver is using the phone for emergency purposes as in the case of driving an ambulance.

Does this law discriminate between private and public utility vehicles?

Absolutely not.  It applies to all types of transportation, including government and diplomatic vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles.

The rules and guidelines of the ADDA are yet to be finalized and released to the public.

Sources:

http://www.autoindustriya.com/features/legal-eagle-understanding-the-anti-distracted-driving-act.html

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/31/1608520/no-more-texting-while-driving-new-law-states

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