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Solon urges colleagues to amend outdated transportation law

Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito yesterday urged his colleagues to amend what he claimed as outdated transportation law and pave the way for the imposition of stiffer penalties, especially on overloading vehicles.
“What we need are stiffer penalties for overloading. Right now, our law only prescribes for P2,000 and P3,000 and suspension of the certificate of public convenience for first and second offenses, respectively,” he said.
The senator’s move was prompted by the recent road mishap in Nueva Ecija where an overloaded bus fell into a 100-feet ravine, killing 31 of its passengers and injuring 46 others.
Ejercito, vice chairman of the Senate public services committee, said the accident was so tragic that major steps should be taken to revamp regulations on land transportation.
Amendments to Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, which was enacted in June 1964, should be in order especially as the corresponding terms and conditions issued by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board do not provide for a penalty to the possible damage to properties and compensation to affected passengers.
“We were able to pass the Speed Limiter Act during the 16th Congress, I think it is high time to pass an amendment with respect to the violation of the prescribed maximum capacity of public utility vehicles,” Ejercito said.
While the nation is grieving with those who lost their loved ones in the accident, Ejercito said, the Senate will take steps in ensuring that accidents like this is curbed and prevented from happening again, he said.

1 comment

  • red planet

    Such inadequate law, will merely be treating the symptom and not the root of the transport ills.

    Only a reliable modern national railway will drastically reduce the need for numerous maniacal drivers of trucks, buses, and all manner of hazardous public road transport and traffic.

    Until the mass movement of products and people transitions from road to rail, the transport situation in the country will stay backward and risky.

    red planet Friday, 21 April 2017 05:33 Comment Link

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