MANILA - The Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be issuing guidelines on where to put signboards on the windshields of public utility vehicles, while the Land Transportation Office (LTO) may soon ban dark tints on vehicle windows.
Atty. Aileen Lizada, LTFRB spokesperson, said they have been receiving questions on why gadgets are not allowed on a vehicle's dashboard under the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA), while signboards on PUV windshields are allowed.
"What we don't like is for a driver to have a 'blind spot' na nalalagyan ng gadgets or accessories on top of the dashboards. The line of sight must be cleared," Lizada told DZMM Sunday.
She said they are currently discussing where it is safe to put signboards on PUV windshields, particularly UV express vehicles, jeepneys and buses.
"'Yun din ho ang pinag-uusapan pa namin. Where is it safe to put signboards sa public utility vehicles?" she said.
Lizada said that other things that need to be discussed with stakeholders include requiring conductors inside jeeps so drivers will not get distracted when passengers pay fares.
Lizada added the memorandum circular that the LTFRB will release by Tuesday will include guidance for PUVs to clear their dashboards of non-electronic accessories.
These accessories, she said, while not included in the ADDA, are covered by a 2014 joint administrative order (JAO) of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).
"Non-electronic devices, 'yung mga di nahuhulog sa [ADDA], dito natin nakuha sa JAO," she explained.
Joint Administrative Order 2014 No. 1 covers both public and private vehicles. Drivers who will not clear their dashboards will face P5,000 penalty and the vehicle will be impounded.
Lizada said this order also prohibits drivers from doing make-up or drinking coffee while driving or in temporary stoppage -- acts that fall under reckless driving.
"Dito nahuhulog yung kung iinom ka ng kape, nagme-make-up o kumakain. Dito ho siya under sa reckless driving. 'No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any highway recklessly,'" she said.
Meanwhile, Lizada said the LTO will also be issuing guidelines on the proper tint for the windows of vehicles.
She said some motorists are putting dark tints on their windows to avoid being caught by traffic enforcers.
"H'wag na ho muna kayong magpalagay ng very dark tints. Baka sayang lang baka patanggalin lang 'yan. There will be guidance from LTO as to the right grade of tint to be used," she said.
According to Lizada, they will be asking manufacturers to give them a recommendation of what shade of tint is proper for motor vehicles.