Solon urges installation of speed limiters on all PUBs

ALARMED by reports on the rising number of deaths and injuries involving bus accidents all over the country, lawmakers have proposed the mandatory installation of speed limiters on all public utility buses (PUBs).

Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party-list, Abante Mindanao), authors of House Bill 6395, said installing speed limiters is one way to address vehicular accidents.

Rodriguez said the speed limiters will be attached to the engines and transmissions of buses, which will limit the maximum speed of the vehicles.

Under the measure, all bus companies operating in the Philippines are mandated to install speed limiters on their buses which would limit the maximum speed of these buses to 40 kilometers per hour for public utility buses plying Metro Manila routes and 60 kilometers per hour for those plying provincial routes.

Citing a study of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Rodriguez said there have been 395 victims of bus accidents, 74 deaths, 300 injuries and 20 cases of damage to properties in 2011.

“All these accidents happen because these PUBs drive all over the country as if they are in a race, always speeding and changing lanes without any concern for their fellow motorists,” Rodriguez stressed.

Rodriguez said the data from the LTRFB show that there are around 4,000 buses plying Metro Manila routes while there are around 7,000 provincial buses.


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