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07 - 17

A leading cause of traffic jams and road mishaps are drivers who deliberately disobey traffic rules.  It could be as uncomplicated as tailgating another vehicle, to overtaking on single or double white lines, to beating red lights especially when there are no traffic enforcers around.

If drivers knew how much they would have to pay, apart from the damages they could cause others because of their negligence, they would probably be a lot more careful on the road.

Our fourth installment in this series will focus on fines and penalties for Frauds and Falsities, and Traffic Violations.  Read on!

1. Frauds and Falsities

Violation Fines and Penalties (Php)
1. Use of fake plates / sticklers / pursuant documents 2,000 to 4,000 to be imposed upon the owner and / or driver of the subject MV.
2. Misrepresenting a copy of a document pertinent to a motor vehicle before the Traffic Adjudication Services 1,500 to be imposed upon the driver or owner.

2. Traffic Violations

Violation Fines and Penalties (Php)
1. Parking

a. Within an intersection

b. Within 5 meters of the intersection

c. 4 meters from the driveway entrance

d. Within 4 meters from a fire hydrant

e. In front of a private driveway

f. On the roadway side of any unmoving or parked MV at the curb edge of the highway.

g. At any place where signs of prohibitions have been installed.

200
2. Reckless Driving

Such as but not limited to the following:

a. Disregarding Traffic Signs

–  Failure to yield right-of-way;

– Failure to yield right-of-way to ambulance police or fire department vehicles;

– Failure to yield right-of-way at a “through highway” or a “stop intersection”

– Failure to give proper signal

– Illegal turn

– Failure to stop motor vehicle and notch handbrake of motor vehicle when unattended

– Unsafe towing.

b. Allowing passenger on top or cover of a motor vehicle except in a truck helper.

c. Failure to provide canvass cover to cargos or freight of trucks requiring the same.

d. Permitting passenger to ride on running board stepboard or mudguard of MV while in motion.

e. Driving for hire motor vehicles in slippers.

f. Driving in a place not intended for traffic or into place not allowed for parking.

g. Hitching or permitting a person or a bicycle, tricycle or skate roller to hitch a motor vehicle.

h. Driving against traffic.

i. Illegal overtaking.

j. Overtaking at unsafe distance.

k. Cutting an overtaking vehicle.

l. Failure to give way to an overtaking vehicle.

m. Increasing speed when being overtaken.

n. Overtaking when left side is not visible or clear of oncoming traffic.

o. Overtaking upon a crest of a grade.

p. Overtaking upon a curve.

q. Overtaking at any railway grade crossing.

r. Overtaking at any intersection.

s. Overtaking between “men working” or “caution” signs.

t. Overtaking at no overtaking zone.

u. Failure to yield the right-of-way.

v. Failure to stop traversing a “through a highway or railroad” crossing.

1,000 – 1st offense

1,500 – 2nd offense and suspension of DL for two months.

2,000 – 3rd offense and suspension of DL for six months

5,000 – succeeding offense and revocation of DL

3. Obstruction

Obstructing the free passage of other vehicles on the highway while discharging or taking passengers or loading and unloading freight, or driving a motor vehicle is such a manner as to obstruct or impede the passage of any vehicle.

200

In our final article, we will feature the violations involving taxi units and other non-traffic violations that can still be fined and penalized by LTO and MMDA.

If you have questions about the LTO, traffic rules, fines and penalties, send us a short message and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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07 - 14

Our third installment on our LTO Fines and Penalties series is all about limits on cargo weight and illegal operation of motor vehicles, more particularly those that are used as public conveyance.  The fines are exorbitant, so make sure you stay within the limits set by the LTO and the MMDA if you belong in these categories.

Read on!

  1. Weights and Load Limits
Violation Fines and Penalties (Php)
1. Load extending beyond the projected without permit 500 – to be imposed upon the driver.
2. Axle overloading An amount equivalent to 25% of MVUC at the time of infringement on owner/operator or driver of trucks and trailers for loading beyond their registered gross weight, vehicle weight.  The penalty shall be waived for loads exceeding the registered GVW by a tolerance of less than 5%.  No motor vehicle shall be allowed to proceed on the roadway if either a dual-wheel axle load shall exceed 13,500 kgs. Or the vehicle load exceeds 150% of the maximum allowable gross weight.
3. Operating a passenger trtuck (bus) with cargo exceeding 160 kgs. 300 – to be imposed upon either the driver / operator / conductor.
4. Allowing more passenger and / or freight or cargo in excess of carrying capacity of MV 300 – to be imposed upon either the driver / operator or conductor.
5. Baggage or freight carried on top of truck exceeds 20 kgs. per square meter and not distributed in such a manner as not to endanger the passenger or stability of the truck. 400

2. Prohibited or Illegal Operation of Motor Vehicles

Violation Fines and Penalties (Php)
1. Out of line For Operators / Owners

 

1st offense – 6,000 for and additional 1,500 per day reckoned from the day of apprehension until the case was settled and suspension of registration and / or impoundment of MV for three months.

 

2nd offense – 6,000 and additional 2,000 per day reckoned from the day of apprehension until the case was settled and suspension of registration and / or impoundment of MV for six months.

 

3rd offense – 6,000 and additional 2,500 per day reckoned from the day of apprehension until the case was settled, revocation of registration and forever banned from applying for a franchise and / or revocation of franchise if franchise holder.

 

For Drivers:

 

1st offense – 250 and suspension of DL for three months.

2nd offense – 500 and suspension of DL for six months.

3rd offense – 750 and suspension of DL for one year.

2. Colorum Operation For operators and owners:

 

1st offense – 6,000 and additional 1,500 per day reckoned from the day of apprehension until the case was settled and suspension of registration and / or impoundment of MV for three months.

 

2nd offense – 6,000 and additional 2,000 per day reckoned from the day of apprehension until the case was settled and suspension of registration and / or impoundment of MV for six months.

 

3rd offense – 6,000 and additional 2,500 per day reckoned from the day of apprehension until the case was settled, revocation of registration and forever banned from applying for a franchise and / or revocation of franchise if franchise holder.

 

For drivers:

 

1st offense – 250 and suspension of DL for three months.

 

2nd offense – 500 and suspension of DL for six months.

 

3rd offense – 750 and suspension of DL for one year

3. Operating a motor vehicle with expired franchise (CPC) Driver – 500

Operator / owner / possessor of MV – 1,000 per day from the date of expiry to date of the CPC.

–          The place, OR/CR of the subject MV shall be suspended for 6 months from the date of apprehension in addition to the fines.

4. Operating or using a “for hire” motor vehicle different from its types of service mentioned in the CPC. First Offense:

For driver – 1,000

For operator – 3,000

 

–          For hire MOTOR VEHICLES used by the members of the family of the operator, during emergency cases is allowed.

 

Second offense:

For driver – 2,000

For operator – 4,000

 

–          And suspension of plates, OR/CR for six months

 

For subsequent offenses and suspension of DL, plate, OR/CR for one year

For driver – 3,000

For operator – 5,000

 

Next week, we will tackle violations on franchising and traffic policies.

If you have questions on LTO fines and penalties, send us a message and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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07 - 13

In the second installment of our series on LTO Fines and Penalties for erring drivers, please take note that this includes offenses committed by public utility drivers and operators.

Today, we are going to feature violations in connection with number plates, equipment, parts, accessories, devices, and markings of motor vehicles.  Lady drivers are strongly advised to go over this list too.

  1. Violations in Connection with Number Plates
VIOLATION PENALTIES (PHP)
1. MV number plates not firmly attached. 200
2. Obscure plates. 200
3. License plates different from body number on Public Utility Motor Vehicle. 500
4. Improper display of a motor vehicle permanent plate. 500
5. Display / Use of an expired commemorative plates or stickers. 2,000
6. Tampered / Marked plates or stickers. 2,000
7. Illegal transfer or use of MV regularly issued MV plates, tags or stickers except security plates on authorized motor vehicle. 10,000

–          Owners/operators are conclusively presumed to have committed the illegal transfer.

–          Drivers of MV involved in illegal transfer of plates or stickers shall suffer the suspension of their DL for three months.

–          If the MV with illegal transferred plates or stickers is used in the commission of a crime, its owner shall suffer the penalty of P12,000 fine and suspension of plates and registration certificate and Official Receipt for two years.

 

2. Violations Relative to Equipment, Parts, Accessories, Devices, and Markings of Motor Vehicles.

VIOLATION PENALTIES (PHP)
1. Operating MV with metallic tires in any public highways. 5,000
2. Defective brakes. 500
3. Use or installation of unnecessary lights in front and rear of a motor vehicle 300
4. Operating motor vehicle without head, tail, plate, and / or brake lights. 300
5. Without muffler 150
6. Without wiper 150
7. Dirty or unsightly or unsanitary MV 300
8. Dilapidated or defective MV 1,000

–          To hold release of plates until defect is corrected.

9. Failure to paint or improper painting of authorized route our PUJ, Filcabs, Shuttle Services, trucks for hire, taxis, and similar for hire motor vehicles operating with fixed routes. 500

–          To hold plates until defect is correct.

10. Non-painting of business or trade name. 500

–          To hold plates until defect is corrected.

11. Use of unauthorized or improvised plates. 300
12. Without or defective hand brakes. 200

–          To hold plates pending correction of defect.

13. Without or defective speedometer. 200

–          To hold plates pending correction of defect.

14. Without or defective windshield wiper. 200

–          To hold plates pending correction of defect.

15. Without rear view mirror. 200

–          To hold plates pending correction of defect

16. Without interior light. 200

–          To hold plates pending correction of defect.

17. Without name or business name and address of operator inscribed on both sides of MV for hire. 500

–          To hold plates or OR/CR until defect is corrected.

18. Unauthorized use of bell, siren, or exhaust whistle. 15,000

–          Forfeiture of said gadgets in favor of the government.

19. Without functional spare tire. 300
20. Without red flag or red lights on projecting end of load extending more than a meter beyond the bed or body, and in the evening red lights visible at least 50 meters away. 500
21. Failure to paint plate number on a motor vehicle for hire. 500

–          To be imposed upon the owner/ operator.

22. Failure to carry EWD 150
23. Failure to install EWD 4 meters from the front and rear of the stalled motor vehicle. 500

–          To be imposed upon the owner/driver.

24. Without capacity marking 375

–          To be imposed upon the owner.

25. Unauthorized installation of jalousies, painted windshield or colored windshield. 600

–          To be imposed upon the owner/driver.

26. Installation of dim/colored lights, strobe lights, dancing lights or similar lights. 600

–          To be imposed upon the owner/operator or motor vehicle.

27. Use or installation of heavily tinted colored/painted windshield or window glass. 600

–          To be imposed upon the owner/operator sun visor or light tinted are allowed.

28. Without permanent tail gate with inscription “not for hire” sign in a private jeepney. 500

–          To be imposed upon the owner.

29. Use/installation of a glaring/stainless object upon at the front and/or rear of a motor vehicle. 500

–          To be imposed upon the owner/driver.

Tomorrow we will focus on illegal operation of motor vehicles and load limits.  If you are an operator or driver of a public utility vehicle, don’t miss our feature story tomorrow.

For questions on traffic violations, fines, and penalties, drop us a line here.  We will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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07 - 11

Anong violation ko?

That is a common defense mechanism of most drivers who go against road rules but would like to dodge fines and penalties.  Does it work?  Well, sometimes it does (with the help of a few hundred bucks).  But most of the time, traffic enforcers choose to slap you with a ticket and worse, confiscate your driver’s license.

Being apprehended for a traffic violation is not such a bad thing.  We all need to learn a lesson or two in order not to commit the same errors in the future, don’t we?  What’s not good about the whole ticket-tubos hullabaloo is when the erring driver is made to pay more than what the law prescribed for his violation.  Has this happened to you before?

Arguing with corrupt enforcers will not get you anywhere.  Unless you know better than them, you will always end up on the losing end.  So to help drivers avoid paying more than what their violation requires, we researched on the LTO-approved rates for traffic and administrative violations’ fines and penalties.

Remember, knowledge is power.

Read on.

  1. Violations in Connection with Licensing
VIOLATION PENALTY (PHP)
1. Driving without license. 1,500
2. Driving with delinquent or expired license. 400
3. Driving with suspended or revoked or improper license. 1,000
4. Failure to carry Driver’s License 200
5. Failure to sign Driver’s License 200
6. Driving under the influence of liquor

First offense

Second offense

For subsequent violations after the second offense.

 

5,000 – and two months suspension of DL

5,000 – and three months suspension of DL

6,000 – and six months suspension of DL;

After third offense, automatic revocation of DL.

7. Driving under the influence of drugs 10,000 – and automatic revocation of license.
8. Allowing an unlicensed/improperly licensed person to drive a motor vehicle. 1,000 – and suspension of plates, registrations and Driver’s License for two months.
9. Possession and use of fake / spurious Driver’s License

– Driver has been issued an authentic license, it shall be suspended for one year in addition to the fine.

– Driver has not bee issued an authentic license, he shall be disqualified from securing a Driver’s License for a period of two years.

2,000
10. Conviction of the driver of a crime using a motor vehicle. 3,000
11. Student driver operating an MV without being accompanied by a licensed driver. 500
12. Unlicensed conductor of a motor vehicle for hire. 500
13. Operating / driving a motor vehicle which is unregistered / improperly registered or with invalid registration 2,000

–          If committed by the driver without the knowledge and consent of the owner/operator.

–          If the driver is also the owner / possessor of the subject motor vehicle.

4,000

–          In both cases the motor vehicle shall be impounded or the plates if any shall be confiscated and shall not be released until properly registered.

14. Operating a motor vehicle with unregistered substitute or replacement engine, engine block or chassis. 5,000

–          The subject MV shall be impounded until such parts are properly registered.

15. Failure to carry Certificate of Registration or Official Receipt of Registration. 150.00
16. Operating / allowing the operation of MV with a suspended / revoked Certified / Official Receipt of Registration 1,000

–          The subject MV shall be impounded and its plate held during the suspension.

–          In addition to the original suspension, the said MV and plates shall further be suspended for two years.

17. Tourist operating or allowing the use of non-Philippine registered motor vehicle beyond the 90 day period of his sojourn in the country. 5,000

–          The MV shall not be allowed to operate by the confiscation of its plates, OR and CR until properly registered.

–          In addition, if the driver is a holder of local driver’s license, the same shall be suspended for one month.

 Tomorrow we will feature violations in connection with number plates, equipment, parts, accessories, and markings on motor vehicles.  These lists will include public utility vehicles, especially those that operate under a franchise.  Please share these articles with all drivers you know, whether driving a private or public utility vehicle.

If you have questions regarding traffic violations and the corresponding penalties, send us a message and we will try our best to find the answers for you.

See you again tomorrow and drive safely!

Source: http://www.lto.gov.ph

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06 - 23 (1)

If your job requires that you drive a company vehicle or a public transportation, you need to get a Professional Driver’s License.  If you have had a Non-professional License all your life, how do you change it to Professional classification?  How do you change your name on your driver’s license after getting married?  How do you change erroneous entries in your license such as the spelling of your name and your birth date?

This is the second and last part of our series on Driver’s License Application Requirements.  Read and share!

A. CHANGE CLASSIFICATION TRANSACTIONS

  1. License Change Classification – Non-Professional to Professional
    • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
    • NBI and Police Clearance
      1. NBI
      2. Police Clearance
    • Current or Expired License
  2. License Change Classification – Professional to Non-Professional
    1. Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    2. Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
    3. Current or Expired License

B. REVISION OF RECORDS TRANSACTIONS

  1. Record Change – Incorrect Name/Birth Date
    • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    • Original Birth Certificate with Photocopy
      1. PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate with Official Receipt
    • Current or Expired License
    • Affidavit of Discrepancy
  2. Record Change – Change in Name
    • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    • Current or Expired License
    • Court Order Authorizing name change
      1. Certification from OMA for Change in Name
  3. Record Change – Change in Marital Status
    • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    • Current or Expired License
    • Photocopy of Marriage Contract or Court Order for annulled for Divorce Applicants or Passport with Amendments for change in Marital Status
      1. Court Order for Annulled or Divorced Applicants
      2. Passport with amendments for change in Marital Status
  4. Record Change – Change in Address
    • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    • Current or Expired License
  5. Record Change – Change in Citizenship
    • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    • Current or Expired License
    • Passport for Change of Citizenship
      1. Alien Certificate of Registration
      2. Foreign License

C. ADDITIONAL RESTRICTION CODE

Additional Restriction Codes 1 to 8

  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Current or Expired License

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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06 - 22

Did you know that there are more than 10 types of driver’s license applications that can be done at the Land Transportation Office (LTO)?  The most common are Student Permits and Non-professional license applications, but it appears that these are just the tip of the iceberg. Farther are other types of applications for Conductor’s License, License Change Classification (from Non-Professional to Professional), Additional Restriction Codes, and so much more.

We are sharing the LTO’s list of license applications and the corresponding documentary requirements in today’s blog.  Keep this as a bookmark or print a hard copy to serve as your reference when transacting with the LTO.

I. STUDENT PERMIT TRANSACTIONS

  1. New Student Permit
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Original Birth Certificate with Photocopy
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines.
  1. Student Permit – Minor Applicants
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Original Birth Certificate with Photocopy
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Letter of Parental or Guardian Consent with one valid government-issued ID containing the signature of consenting Parent or Guardian.
  1. Student Permit – Foreigners
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines.
  • Original and photocopy of Passport
  • Alien Certificate of Registration I-card
  1. Student Permit – Minor Foreigners
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Original and photocopy of Passport
  • Alien Certificate of Registration I-card
  • Letter of Parental or Guardian Consent with one (1) valid government issued ID card containing the signature of consenting parent/guardian.

B. NEW LICENSE TRANSACTIONS

  1. New Driver’s License – Non-professional
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Valid Student Permit
  1. New Driver’s License – Non-professional, Filipino, with valid foreign license
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Photocopy of License (in English)
  • Photocopy of License (not in English)
  • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  1. New Driver’s License – Non-professional, Filipino with expired foreign license
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Photocopy of License (in English)
  • Photocopy of License (not in English)
  • Translation from Embassy to Consular Officer
  1. New Driver’s License – Non-professional, Foreigner with valid foreign license
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines.
  • Original and Photocopy of Passport
    • Photocopy of Passport with entry at least one month and visa duration of at least one year from date of application.
  • Photocopy of License (in English)
  • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  1. New Driver’s License – Non-professional, Foreigner with expired foreign license
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Original and Photocopy of Passport
    • Photocopy of Passport with entry at least one month and visa duration of at least one year from date of application.
  • Photocopy of License (not in English)
  • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  1. New Driver’s License – Professional
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician
  • Valid SPR (Student Permit)
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. New Driver’s License – Professional, Filipino with valid foreign license
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines.
  • Photocopy of License (in English)
    • Photocopy of License (not in English)
    • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. New Driver’s License – Professional, Filipino w/ expired foreign license
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Photocopy of License (in English)
    • Photocopy of License (not in English)
    • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. New Driver’s License – Professional, Foreigner w/ valid foreign license
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Original and Photocopy of Passport
    • Photocopy of Passport with entry of at least one (1) month and working visa duration of at least one (1) year from date of application
    • Photocopy of License (in English)
    • Photocopy of License (not in English)
    • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. New Driver’s License – Professional, Foreigner w/ expired foreign license
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Original and Photocopy of Passport
    • Photocopy of Passport with entry of at least one (1) month and working visa duration of at least one (1) year from date of application.
  • Photocopy of License (in English)
    • Photocopy of License (not in English)
    • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. New Conductor’s License
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Original Birth Certificate with Photocopy
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance

C. LICENSE RENEWAL TRANSACTIONS

  1. Non-Professional Driver’s License Renewal
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Current or Expired License
  1. Non-Professional Driver’s License Renewal – Dormant
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Expired License
  1. Professional Driver’s License Renewal
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Current or Expired License
  1. Professional Driver’s License Renewal – Dormant
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Expired License
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. Conductor’s License Renewal
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Current or Expired License
  1. Conductor’s License Renewal – Dormant
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Expired License
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. Advance Renewal Non-Professional
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Current or Expired License
  • Plane Ticket, Visa or Contract
  1. Advance Renewal Professional
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Current or Expired License
  • Plane Ticket, Visa or Contract

Tomorrow we are going to include the list of requirements for Duplicate License transactions as well as Changes in License Classification, so make sure to visit us again tomorrow.

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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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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02-03-1

If your vehicle spews dark, toxic fumes, you should be apprehended by a Land Transportation Office (LTO) deputy wearing a green ID, while a UV Express conveying passengers in areas that are not within its designated route should be apprehended by one wearing a blue ID.

And so goes the most recent project of the LTO in yet another attempt to instill discipline and order in day-to-day traffic in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

The LTO deputized officers from the DENR, DPWH, and the Highway Patrol Group to deal with specific road violations and issue the corresponding sanctions.  Each deputy officer is issued a color-coded ID that will clearly identify the agency he represents and the violations covered by his jurisdiction.  It is also an added means to ensure that the officer apprehending a driver or vehicle owner is duly authorized by the LTO.  This is in light of recent reports where drivers plying Metro Manila’s main thoroughfares are apprehended by individuals posing as officers from the HPG or LTO.  These encounters often result to extortion and harassment especially among female drivers.

What do the colors mean?

a. Orange ID cards

These are worn by personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).  They are tasked to call out drivers with overloaded vehicles.

b. Green ID cards

These are worn by deputized officers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and are tasked to apprehend smoke-belchers.

c. Blue ID cards

These are for Highway Patrol Group officers as well as MMDA deputies who are on the lookout for franchise violators.

d. White ID cards.

An officer bearing a white ID card is an LTO personnel who is authorized to apprehend drivers for all traffic violations.

The public is encouraged to cooperate in the government’s effort to instill discipline on the road by proactively asking for the officer’s ID when apprehended.  Deputized personnel should not be implementing rules except for the color they are assigned to.  Should a driver be issued a traffic ticket that is beyond the designation of the issuing officer, LTO’s system will be alerted and the officer’s privileges will be revoked.

Already, this move by the LTO has received numerous negative reactions from the public.  Drivers are calling for an awareness campaign from the government to help them become more familiar with the color codes.

Do you agree with the color-coded IDs of LTO traffic deputies?  Let us know what you think!

Source:

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/01/17/lto-color-codes-traffic-deputies-ids-to-show-scope-of-duties

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CTPL

All car owners are required by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to secure a Compulsory Third Party Liability (CTPL) insurance upon registering their car.

Some questions that most first-time vehicle owners ask about CTPL are:

  • Why do I need a CTPL?
  • Who are covered by the CTPL?  Who is the ‘third party’?
  • Is the basic CTPL from the LTO enough to cover our car insurance needs?
  • How is the CTPL different from a comprehensive car insurance?

To help us appreciate the value of maintaining a CTPL insurance for our vehicles, below are the details of its benefits and why the government mandates that all vehicles be covered with one.

  1. A CTPL protects ‘third parties’ from the possible damages that may arise from an accident involving the insured vehicle.  A car cannot be without this type of insurance coverage as it is required by law.
  2. ‘Third parties’, as defined under Section 373, Chapter VI of the Insurance Code of the Philippines, are the following:
    • Any person other than a passenger;
    • Not a member of the household, or a member of the family within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity of the vehicle owner;
    • Not his employee in respect to death, bodily injury, or damage to property arising out of and in the course of employment.
    • The vehicle owner’s friends and other persons who are not his relatives but are riding in his car are considered third parties, not passengers.
    • A ‘third party’ may either be inside or outside your car.
    • A passenger of a public utility vehicle becomes a ‘third party’ the moment he alights from the vehicle.
  3. ‘Passengers’ are defined the Insurance Code of the Philippines as:
    • Any fare paying person being transported and conveyed in and by a motor vehicle for transportation of passengers for compensation;
    • Persons expressly authorized by law or by the vehicle’s operator or his agent to ride without fare;
  4. The CTPL covers the car owner’s legal responsibility over the third party’s injury or death resulting from an accident involving the insured vehicle.  This means that the insurance will provide immediate financial assistance to the victim and his dependents while discharging the vehicle owner from liabilities.  All these shall be provided for regardless of the car owner’s financial capacity.  The current CTPL coverage is Php 100,000.00.
  5. Comprehensive car insurances have wider coverage than CTPL.  It includes insurance against damages and liabilities caused by collisions, fire, acts of God or nature, personal accident insurance of the passenger, and car theft.  Some insurances provide financial assistance for car repairs, regular maintenance check-ups, and roadside assistance.  It also costs more to acquire a comprehensive car insurance; it is optional, not mandated by law.

Make sure that your CTPL policy is genuine and updated.  Avoid entrusting your car registration documents to fixers and individuals posing as liaison officers for the LTO.  This is one important errand you need to get done personally to be sure that your vehicle is properly and legitimately registered and provided with a CTPL insurance.

Sources:

http://pinoyinsure.blogspot.com/2011/08/what-is-compulsory-third-party.html

http://business.inquirer.net/190568/is-car-insurance-a-necessity

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No Garage No Car

Lawmakers are pushing for the passing and implementation of the “Proof-of-Parking Space Act” that is deemed to help Metro Manila’s worsening problem on traffic congestion.  Under this law, an individual will be required to present a proof of parking space before he can purchase a vehicle. Existing car owners will have to do the same when they have their cars registered at the Land Transportation Office.

The Situation

The side streets and narrow alleyways in Manila turn into car park areas when vehicle owners arrive home from work at night.  Two-way lanes turn into one-way streets shared by private and public vehicles during the early morning rush hours.  A 10-minute drive down an alley would take 20 to 30 minutes as you try to maneuver your way out of the clogged street, being careful not to break side mirrors jutting out of parked vehicles on both sides.  Alternate routes that are supposed to help decongest traffic build-ups in main thoroughfares are choked with vehicles that could neither move forward nor turn back because of very limited space.

The Issues

The public is divided on this topic; it is unpopular among families renting apartments and those staying in condominiums that have limited parking spaces.  It also raises an issue on the overall car sales industry in the country as regulations on purchasing a vehicle are expected to be more rigid if only to uphold the law.

What is your take on this bill?  Are you in favor of its implementation?

Sources:

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/496722/news/metro/as-side-streets-become-parking-lots-bill-seeks-to-require-garages-from-car-buyers

http://www.mb.com.ph/the-benefits-of-the-no-garage-no-car-policy/

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