An appeal to Pres. Aquino: Please sign law on bus speed limiters


ABOUT half a year ago, Congress passed and sent to Malacañang for President B.S. Aquino’s signature the bill “Mandating the Installation of Speed Limiters and Setting Speed Limits for Public Utility Buses.”

The bill has remained unsigned.

The Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) strongly urges President Aquino to sign the bill and, therefore, get it enacted before he ceases to be President 13 days from now.

We support the AAP. We implore you, Mr. President, to make this bill a law that will surely reduce the number of bus crashes and, therefore, save many lives.

AAP President Gus Lagman says the proposed measure will require the installation of speed limiter devices not just on passenger buses but on other long-haul vehicles, such as trucks and trailers. It will promote road safety substantially.

The speed limiter bill in Malacañang waiting for President Aquino’s signature  is a consolidated version of Senate Bill 2999 and House Bill 5911. The House of Representatives approved as soon as Congress resumed session last month  (May 23). The Senate approved it on Feb. 2.

If President Aquino signed the bill, he would be enacting a landmark law that would be hailed forever as a great legacy of his presidency.  It would cut the number of road crashes drastically, Lagman says. It would  mark the administration of President Aquino as a champion of road safety, he adds.

If enacted by the President, the law would require the mandatory installation of speed limiters on public utility vehicles (PUVs).  The Land Transportation Office (LTO) would not register any vehicle without a speed limiter device; the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) would also not grant any bus franchise without it. Of course, media and transportation industry watchdogs would have to monitor proper compliance.  Everyone knows that some public utility companies and operators have ways of accomplishing “improper compliance” with regulations.

AAP President Gus Lagman, who is a Manila Times columnist, says the relevance of installing speed limiters on buses and trucks to further promote safety and order on the country’s major thoroughfares cannot be overemphasized.

“There has been a substantial number of deaths and injuries involving speeding buses, trucks and other public utility vehicles, whose drivers carelessly risk the lives and limbs of their passengers,” Lagman said. The installation of speed limiter devices will greatly reduce these deaths and injuries.

Mr. Lagman adds that AAP’s advocacy for the enactment of the speed limiter law is in line with the United Nations campaign named Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
This effort aims to reduce road traffic fatalities worldwide by 50 percent by the year 2020.

The proposed law would impose a fine of P50,000 on the operator, driver and owner of a long vehicle without a speed limiter, or with a tampered speed limiter, or with a non-functioning speed limiter. Those who tamper with speed limiters would face a six-month to three-year jail term and P30,000 fine.

In addition, subsequent or repeat offenders could face the added penalty of the suspension or revocation of their driver’s license, while a repeat offender public utility operator company could lose its franchise.

Mr. President, please do sign this bill into law.


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  1. Mabait na Pinoy on

    This speed limiter is not going to make sense and neither will reduce accidents because of high speed. This device or module called “governor” when installed will kicks in when the programmed speed is reached and it will not allow the vehicle to go faster than the programmed speed. However, this device, when lawfully installed need to be calibrated every so often to maintain its accuracy. On the other hand, this can be illegally adjusted to increase vehicle’s speed or blocked the incoming signal so there is no effect of this device. During DOT inspections, the physical presence is there, but the inspector will never know whether the device is doing its intended purpose. May mas marunong pa ba sa mga Pinoy? Proud to be

  2. Just wondering, If this is really for Road Safety, why then that the private vehicles are not included? Would it be more safer if ALL Road vehicles be under this policy if enacted into law.

  3. Pnoy will not sign this bill. He will veto this bill like thevSSS increase and the Nurse base wage increase. There is a reason why it is taking Pnoy a long time to sign this bill. He wants to let every body feel the pain on a veto. This guy is stupid and a jerk. Pilipinos that voted for this guy must be weeping and groaning and ganashing their teeth.

  4. I dont know and unless I am mistaken,,, if the president did not veto the law and a thirty days have elapse…it should automatically becomes a law!

  5. this law should be in place already it will save many lives on buses which seem to be always speeding up the hiway, the trucks seem to be so overloaded they cant speed anyway only down hill.we have had this law in australia for years now its not really needed on buses in australia because the passengers are watching the driver and will tell him to slow down, he knows he will be reported for any breach. I think tampering with the limiter will be the problem here.