The Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) recently called attention to the urgent need for the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 10916, also known as the Speed Limiter Law.
“We would like to remind the agencies involved, stakeholders, as well as our legislative body that the law only gives two months to prepare the IRR once a piece of legislation is approved,” AAP president Gus Lagman said.
As stated in Section 8 of RA 10916, the “Department of Transportation and Communications, in coordination with the Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Science and Technology, and in consultation with private stakeholders, shall formulate and promulgate the necessary implementing rules and regulations.”
Pointing out that the Speed Limiter Act lapsed into law on July 16 this year, Lagman said that it still lacks the IRR to be promulgated “within 60 days from the effectivity of the Act to adequately carry out their provisions.”
He added: “This law has to be enforced the soonest to ensure a safer environment for the public in general. The vehicles to be covered by the law are cargo haulers, tanker trucks, closed commercial vans and shuttle services. They are considered highly dangerous should accidents occur at high speeds. Many lives would be at risk if road crashes occur involving these types of vehicles.”
RA 10916 prescribes hefty fines and penalties for those who fail to follow its provisions. The Speed Limiter Act prohibits violators from registering or receiving a franchise permit and the owners or operators face a P50,000 fine. The license of a driver operating a public utility vehicle without a speed limiter will be suspended or even revoked, a succeeding offense could lead to a one-year suspension and a fine for the third offense.
Those caught tampering speed limiters face a six- to 36-month jail term plus a P30,000 fine.
Earlier, Lagman offered the national auto club’s help after RA 10916—as well as two other road safety-related bills—were approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, then lapsed into law 30 days after then President Benigno Aquino III did not sign or veto them.
A news report quoted House Committee on Transportation and Communications Chairman Cesar Sarmiento as saying that they have yet to be informed of the final timeline on the release of the IRR, but will require all concerned agencies to comply with the 60-day rule under the committee’s oversight function.
The two other road safety-related laws are RA 10913 (Anti-Distracted Driving Act) and RA 10883 (the new Anti-Carnapping Law, which repeals RA 6539, also known as the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972).