• Device eyed to set speed limits to buses, trucks

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    The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is now studying a proposal made by private individuals to ensure road safety via installation of speed limiters on trucks and public buses.

    “In principle, this is already a done deal,” LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez said.

    He added that they have already noted the petition submitted by a group called Change.org with over 12,000 signatures, headed by a blogger and motoring editor, James Deakin, urging the government to require the installation of an electronic device that sets a cap on public vehicles’ speed.

    “Definitely we’ll implement [it], once we are done with our technical studies,” Ginez said, and added that some bus lines have in fact installed speed limiters on their own initiative.

    “We are now in talks with suppliers to find the best technical solution,” he explained.

    Deakin in his group’s petition argued that non-expensive technology could solve 90 percent of accidents on the roads.

    Speed limiters, he said, are used in most European cars to limit their speed to 250 kilometers per hour (kph). This, as he proposed a 50-kph limit for buses plying EDSA.

    Deakin added that provincial buses, especially those running on the North Luzon Expressway, could be also given an 80-kph limit.

    “I think we can all agree that the soft approach doesn’t work for these erring bus drivers,” Deakin said, adding that this results in loss of lives.

    Ginez on the other end said trucks would also be eventually required to install speed limiters.

    The move was prompted by a series of deadly road accidents involving buses.

    In December last year a Don Mariano Bus Line fell off the elevated Skyway highway killing 22 persons, the latest of several road accidents for the year.

    The LTFRB has cancelled the franchise of Don Mariano over the incident and vowed to implement stringent measures to ensure road safety.

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