Bill seeks installation of bus speed limiters

By Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 10 2014 03:54 PM | Updated as of Feb 10 2014 11:54 PM

MANILA -- Senator Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito said he intends to file a bill that would require the installation of speed limiters on all public utility buses.

Under the proposed bill titled "Electronic Speed Limiter Act of 2014", the installed speed limiter will be programmed at a maximum of 60 kilometers per hour (kph) for buses traversing EDSA, and a maximum of 80 kph for those traversing the North Luzon Express, South Luzon Expressway, Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway, Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway, and Southern Tagalog Arterial Road Tollway.

"Maaaring umangal mga bus company but they should realize their buses are carrying lives," the senator said.

The bill also proposed that to ensure compliance, speed limiters will be a requirement during application or renewal of franchise.

Penalties for non-compliance include a P100,000 fine and a suspension of the franchise until the requirements are met.

Ejercito said he is also contemplating on drafting another bill, which would require closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras inside buses.

"Iyung CCTV nakatutok sa driver, it will serve as the blackbox so that few seconds before it happened we know what transpired," he said.

The senator cited Japan as a role model in the implementation of CCTV and Speed Limiter on public utility buses.

Ejercito said he is optimistic that his bill will gain support from his fellow senators, considering the rise in road accidents involving buses.

Sen. Francis Escudero, meanwhile, slammed the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for its supposed lack of consistency in inspecting bus firms and their units.

"Regulators must do their job," Escudero said, adding that it seems the LTFRB is only active when accidents happen especially in monitoring the road-worthiness of bus units.

"Ginagawa ba sa lahat ng bus yan? Kung kaya naman pala na gawin ang inspeksyon sa loob ng isang araw tulad ng sa Don Mariano, kahit may record ng aksidente o wala, dapat inspeksyunan yan," he said.

"Kada taon dapat may inspeksyon iyan, pero alam naman natin patuloy ang lagayan."