The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued a memorandum that reiterates enforcement of a ban on unauthorized sirens, as well as un light-emitting diode (LED).
“In the interest of road safety and pursuant to Joint Administrative Order 2014-01, the undersigned reiterates the drive against unauthorized wang-wang [sirens], LED lights and all other modifications,” the memorandum read.
The order came from the LTO, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The memorandum was signed by newly appointed LTO chief Roberto Cabrera 3rd.
In the DOTC-LTO-LTFRB joint order, unauthorized motor vehicle modification was described as the “change in color and other unauthorized modifications of the standard manufacturer’s specification.”
The unauthorized modifications pertain to unauthorized accessories, devices, equipment and parts including “bells/horns/sirens/whistles, blinkers, brakes, lights, early warning device, mirrors, mufflers, metallic tires/spare tire, speedometer, windshield, wipers or any other accessory, device, equipment or part that is manifestly prejudicial to road safety.”
The LTO is yet to release an official statement on implementation of the memorandum but automobile groups are already asking the agency to give a clearer standard as to what is unauthorized.
“While we welcome this ‘reminder,’ the memorandum is another clear proof that this country has so many laws and regulations in place, but no one is bothering to implement and enforce them. Which explains why people routinely violate and make a mockery of said rules,” Top Gear said in its post.
Early in the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, he called attention to the unauthorized use of sirens especially by politicians.
His move was seen as an attempt to endear himself to the masses, who see the political use of sirens as another entitlement enjoyed by people in the government.