MANILA - A lawmaker has filed a bill criminalizing the use of cellphones while driving.
Camarines Sur 1st District Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. said House Bill 3211 prohibits the use of cellphones while driving bicycles, pedicabs, habal-habal, trolleys, kuligligs, wagons, carriages, carts, sledges or chariots.
The proposed "Anti-Mobile Communications Devices Use While Driving" also covers the drivers of tractors and construction equipment such as graders, rollers, backbones, pay loaders, backhoes, cranes, bulldozers and concrete mixers.
In a press statement, Andaya said using mobile phones while driving could cause accidents.
"Using a mobile phone while driving can impair the driver's performance. It provides the driver's physical and cognitive awareness and may therefore pose threat to other road users," Andaya said.
Under the bill, the use of cellphones will be allowed only with the aid of a hands-free communications device such as speakerphones, earphones or microphones or other similar device, which allows a person to make and receive calls without having to hold the cellphone.
Violators of the proposed act face a fine of P1,000 up to P10,000 and the revocation of their driver's license. The implementing agency may increase the fine every 3 years in the amount not exceeding 10 percent of the existing rate.