Motorcycling champion Valentino Rossi shows support for the petition that calls for speed limiters on buses and trucks.
MANILA -- Nine-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has joined more than 13,000 petitioners on website Change.org seeking for the mandatory installation of speed limiters on buses and trucks in the Philippines.
James Deakin, a motoring columnist who started the petition, sent a photograph of the Italian motor racing champ holding up this sign: “COOL PEOPLE support the petition to install mandatory speed limiters on ALL busses and trucks. BE COOL. SIGN. SHARE. ENCOURAGE. #yestospeedlimiters
Rossi, one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, visited the Philippines last week to help raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda through Yamaha’s Lend a Hand Project.
The project aims to raise funds to boost ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation.
Petition remains open
Deakin’s petition scored a victory last month, when Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Winston Ginez announced that the agency would start the process for mandatory speedlimiters on public buses.
The columnist, however, has decided to keep the petition open until Congress passes a law to make the reform permanent.
Deakin called Ginez “cool” but said the administrative ruling “is only as good as the chairman behind it.”
“When he is replaced, we could be back to square one, which is why we need a law to back that up,” he said in his blog post.
According to recent reports, the LTFRB and the Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines want to further study the kinds of speed limiters viable for existing bus models in the country.
LTFRB spokesperson Mary Ann Salada also raised the issue of cost and pass-on burden to commuters.
Change.org Philippines campaigns director Inday Espina-Varona called Deakin a model campaigner who keeps partners in touch with developments on their petition.
“He also personally lobbies various levels of decision-makers and links up different networks that can help push his cause,” Espina-Varona said, citing Deakin’s outreach to legislators.
Sharing Rossi’s endorsement, Deakin also pointed the public to a poll that asks, “Are you in favor of mandatory speed limiters on all PUVs and heavy vehicles?”
Of the 1,597 who participated as of this writing, 98.6% said: “Yes, and this should also extend to delivery vans and couriers” while 1.4% called agreed with “No, it's a dumb idea. Just like seat belts.”
Senator JV Ejercito has filed Senate Bill 2110, mandating speed limiters that would cap bus speeds at 60 kilometers per hour -- the same proposal as Deakin’s.
At the House Representatives, members Jose Atienza, Jr., Irwin Tieng, Joseph Gilbert Violago, Jerry Trenas and brothers Rufus and Maximo Rodriguez have also filed separate measures on the installation of speed limiters for public utility vehicles.