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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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11-24

Back in October, a proposal to have students’ Christmas breaks be declared earlier than usual to help ease traffic congestion was raised.  The proposal was met with criticisms because it posed a negative impact on school calendars and significant activities such as periodical examinations and graduation ceremonies.

This week, a new proposal to address traffic woes became a trending topic in social media:  the 3-digit coding plan to be implemented in Metro Manila from December 1 until the first week of January.  This means that a vehicle will not be permitted to use major thoroughfares for two days, instead of one.

To better appreciate the scheme, below is a table of the days when a car is not permitted in Metro Manila roads, based on the last digit of the car’s plate number:

3digits

The significant increase in passenger and commercial vehicle sales this year influenced the DOTr’s decision to push for the 3-digit number coding scheme.  They thought it best to test the effectiveness of this plan next month when motorists and commuters are expected to double in number because of the holidays.

Are you in favor of driving your car only 3 days a week for the entire month of December?

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/21/16/suarez-wants-3-digit-number-coding-for-the-holidays

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10-07-2

If your car’s plate number is on ‘coding’, you will have to wait until after 7:00PM before you can start driving down Metro Manila roads.  There will no longer be any ‘window hours’ between 10:00AM to 3:00PM, beginning October 25, 2016 that is.

According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), this is one of the sacrifices that all vehicle owners and operators must make in order to help ease Metro Manila traffic.  They said the public must not see it as a ‘punishment’.

On Edsa alone, the NCR’s main thoroughfare, about 7,500 vehicles pass per hour, per direction when it only has a capacity of 6,000 vehicles.  By canceling the window hours, Metro Manila roads will be relieved by as much as 20% of vehicle traffic from 7:00AM to 7:00PM during weekdays.  This is a much needed respite especially since the city is again bracing itself for the onslaught of the holiday traffic.  Should the scheme yield positive results, the Department of Transportation might consider keeping the scheme long after the holidays are over.

Tell us what you think about this new approach in solving our traffic problems.

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/822655/stricter-coding-starting-oct-25

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09-20

While Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, it is also considered as the season when traffic is at its worst in Metro Manila.  The ‘ber’ months not only usher in cooler weather, it also seem to double the number of commuters traversing the whole stretch of Edsa looking for great deals at malls and bazaars, rushing to company Christmas parties and family reunions, and driving kids off to their school programs and recitals.  If traffic is bad on a regular working day, it hits a different level of madness when the Christmas season rolls in.

But, there’s hope.

On September 18, 2016, a Senator proposed to have this year’s school Christmas break be declared earlier than usual to help decongest the city’s main thoroughfares from traffic volume.  If kids are kept home during the first weeks of December, school buses and private cars would not need to convey students to schools, thereby, easing traffic in critical areas like the University Belt, Espana, Edsa, and Katipunan.  This will also help shorten the lines of commuters waiting for UV Express vans and buses at pick up points especially during weeknight rush hours.

Parents need not worry about their children missing too many days from school because these can be compensated by extending school days later on.  The government also admonished faculties from giving children too many assignments and projects to work on during the holidays.  The extended break must be spent by the students with their families instead of stressing over schoolwork.

The Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Transportation shall be requested by the Senate to discuss this proposal.

As a parent, teacher, or school administrator, do you agree with this proposal from the government?

Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/581839/news/metro/poe-moves-for-early-christmas-break-in-schools-to-help-ease-ncr-traffic

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Motorcycle Ban

Noong 2015, nai-report na sa kabuuan ng mga road traffic accidents sa buong bansa, 53% ay mga Motorcycle Riders, pangatlo lamang sa listahan ang mga 4-wheeled vehicle drivers.

Nangyayari ang mga aksidente sa mga motorsiklo kahit na may mga naipatupad nang batas para sa road safety tulad ng speed limit, pag-gamit ng helmets, pagbabawal magmaneho sa mga naka-inom ng alak, at pagbabawal mag-angkas ng maliliit na bata.  Ngunit kahit na may mga ganitong batas nang ipinatupad, mapapansin na hindi ito mahigpit na ini-implement at marami pa din ang nakakalusot at lumalabag sa mga ito.  Ang resulta, napakataas na bilang ng mga motorcycle-related road accidents sa lahat ng panig ng bansa.

Marami ang nahihikayat na bumili ng motorsiklo bilang personal na transportasyon dahil matipid ito sa gas, mabilis kang maihahatid sa iyong pupuntahan, at mura ang monthly amortization.  Ngunit kasama sa pagmamaneho nito ang risk o peligro sa kalsada, lalo na sa mga “freeway” tulad ng Edsa at Commonwealth Avenue.

Sa kanyang panayam sa Bandila noong Miyerkules, July 6, 2016, sinabi ni LTO Chief Edgar Galvante na sang-ayon siya sa pag-babawal ng mga motorsiklo sa mga highway sa bansa.  Kung maipapatupad ang planong ito, hindi na maaaring gumamit ng mga national highways ang mga motorsiklo tulad ng Edsa, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon Avenue, at iba pang main thoroughfares sa Manila at iba pang mga bayan at siyudad.

Sang-ayon ka ba sa idea na ipagbawal na ang mga motorsiklo sa mga main highways?  Bakit o bakit hinde?

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/video/nation/metro-manila/07/05/16/lto-chief-gustong-ipagbawal-ang-motorsiklo-sa-mga-highway

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