MANILA — A proposed bill seeking to expand the list of restricted activities while driving on the road is now being pushed in the Lower House.
In the original version of the Anti-Distracted Driving Law, restrictions are limited to the use of gadgets such as cellphones and electronic devices while driving
But in the proposed amendment, inclusion of non-electronic devices is being suggested.
If the amendment passes, use of any gadget such as earphones or headphones that may impede the ability of the driver to hear ambient sounds will be prohibited.
Using or holding any other device or object which limits or prevents the use of the sense of sight or hearing and the use of one or both hands or feet in a moving or idle in the road will be prohibited.
Muntinlupa Representative, Ruffy Biazon admitted that the law is inadequate that is why an amendment is needed
However, using GPS devices, as long as the driver is not holding it, is allowed.
Using a cellphone by a motorist or in an ambulance during emergency cases is also allowed.
Meanwhile, a motorist group wants to take the opportunity presented by the amendment to ease some provisions in the law.
“If they’re going to amend the law, maybe they can include easing up on [apprehending motorists for using a gadget] when the vehicle is not in motion,” said Albert Suansing, consultant for Automotive Association of the Philippines.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be the one to implement the law together with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the PNP Highway Patrol Group.
The MMDA will use hundreds of CCTVs to catch violators.
A P5,000 fine will be imposed on the first offense; P10,000 for the second offense; P15,000 for the third offense plus suspension of license; and P20,000 for the final offense plus cancellation of license. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News and Rescue
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