LTO eyes 'demerit system' after road rage incidents

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 20 2017 01:22 PM

MANILA - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will begin implementing a point demerit system in 2018 following incidents of road rage in the past week. 

Francis Almora, director for law enforcement service, said drivers involved in incidents like road rage will receive a 10-point demerit which would result to a shorter license validity or even suspension.

He said the LTO will include "psychological" aspects in the exam for drivers trying to secure a license. 

"Pribilehiyo lang ang lisensya. Kung abusuhin natin ito, feeling 'king of road' tayo, paghihigpitan tayo," said Almora.

Last Sunday, a woman was caught on video slapping a taxi driver in the middle of the road. On Monday, two drivers were also caught on video punching each other. 

Traffic is expected to get worse as Christmas nears and the LTO is reminding motorists to keep their chill. Road rage victims are urged to call the LTFRB hotline 1342 instead of fighting back.

"H'wag dalhin ang init ng ulo sa daan, cool na cool lang sa kalsada," said Almora.