Anti-Distracted Driving law to take effect on July 6

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 21 2017 03:39 PM

Copy of the IRR of the Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Copy of the IRR of the Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Copy of the IRR of the Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Copy of the IRR of the Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Copy of the IRR of the Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The revised Anti-Distracted Driving Act is set to take effect on July 6 after its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) were published on Wednesday.

Under the IRR, a person is not allowed to use a mobile phone or any communication gadget while driving or even while the vehicle is temporarily stopped at a traffic light. 

A driver may only use a mobile device upon pulling over on the side of the road in compliance with traffic rules, or when making emergency calls.

This includes calls to law enforcers, government or non-government health care providers, medical practitioners, rescue units, fire stations and other emergency services.

The IRR defines "emergency" as a situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property or environment. 

A person driving a vehicle may also make a call provided that he or she is using the phone's hands-free function and that the device is not within the line of sight set four inches above the dashboard.

The revised regulations of Anti-Distracted Driving Act. Photo courtesy of Department of Transportation

The Anti-Distracted Driving Act covers all public, private and even diplomatic vehicles. Tractors or construction vehicles are also covered by the law if these are traversing public roads.

Motorists caught violating the law may face a fine of up to P20,000 and the possible revocation of his or her driver's license. 

The penalty is even steeper- P30,000- for public utility drivers caught violating the law within a 50-meter radius from school premises.

Owners or operators of public utility vehicles may be held liable for the acts of their drivers if they fail to convince authorities that they have exercised "extraordinary diligence in the selection and supervision of his or her drivers in general."

The IRR, signed by Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade and Land Transportation Office Assistant Secretary Edgar Galavente, is set to take effect 15 days after publication.

Implementation of the new driving safety law was suspended on May 23 after several lawmakers called for its deferment, seeking clarity on its rules.