Speed limiters to be required on PUVs, commercial vehicles

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Selected public-utility vehicles (PUV) and commercial vehicles will no longer be able to exceed speed limits with the passage of the new speed-limiter law.

Republic Act 10916 or the “Road Speed Limiter Act of 2016,” which lapsed into law on July 16, mandates fitting all PUVs (save for taxicabs, jeepneys and Transportation Network Vehicle Service or TNVS cars used in Uber and GrabCar), closed commercial vans, cargo haulers, tanker trucks and company shuttles with one or a combination of mechanical, electronic and/or communications systems that would prevent them from exceeding a speed limit to be set by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has yet to outline the specifications of the limiters. In addition, the DOTr will review the law after one year to see whether or not taxicabs, jeepneys and TNVS vehicles should have speed limiters as well.

Once implemented 15 days after it is published in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation, the new law also makes the speed limiters a prerequisite to register new PUVs and commercial vehicles at the LTO and to obtain new franchises at the LTFRB.

Meanwhile, operators with currently registered and franchised vehicles have up to 18 months after the law is implemented to comply with the new requirement.

The LTO and the LTFRB will also be tasked with supervising and inspecting the installation and setting of the speed limiters, while the Department of Trade and Industry will accredit the manufacturers and installers of the limiters.

A ₱50,000 fine will be meted out to drivers who knowingly operate a PUV or commercial vehicle and/or owners or operators who knowingly allow the operation of a PUV or commercial vehicle without a limiter or with a tampered limiter.

In addition to the penalties, drivers and/or owners or operators will receive a one-month driver’s license suspension and/or a three-month vehicle franchise suspension, respectively, on the first offense, followed by a three-month driver’s license suspension and/or a six-month vehicle franchise suspension on the second offense.

For the third offense or more, the driver’s license will be revoked and/or the owner or operator’s vehicle franchise will be suspended for one year.

Finally, those found guilty of tampering with a speed limiter will be sentenced to prison from six months to three years, along with a ₱30,000 fine.