By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III is seeking an explanation from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for its supposed failure to implement the Road Speed Limiter law.
“On Monday, I will formally request the Department of Transportation to provide my office with a detailed report on their implementation of the law, or an explanation why they have not yet done so,” Pimentel said on Friday.
Pimentel issued the statement following a collision involving two buses, a truck and two private cars in Libmanan, Camarines Norte on Tuesday, which resulted in the death of a couple and an elementary school principal.
Ten others were hurt, including the couple’s nine-month son, who was thrown out of the vehicle they were riding.
“Although the investigation has yet to establish who is at fault for the accident, I think this is an opportune time to remind the DOTr to properly implement RA 10916, as it is its duty,” Pimentel said.
The Republic Act 10916, or the Road Speed Limiter Act, lapsed into law on July 21, 2016.
It requires closed vans, haulers or cargo trailers, public utility vehicles (PUVs), shuttle service vehicles, and tanker trucks, to install DOTr-approved speed limiters before being able to ply roads.
The law requires the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to deny registration and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to withhold franchises to noncompliant vehicles.