THE Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO) apprehended at least 35 violators on the first day of the enforcement of the speed limit ordinance in Iloilo City, June 1, 2017.
TMTRO chief Bob Foerster said Thursday that violators of Regulation Ordinance No. 2015-283 or the Speed Limit Ordinance were apprehended from morning until 12 noon only along Diversion Road, the pilot site of the implementation.
Data from 12 noon onwards were not available as of presstime.
The city’s traffic enforcers used 10 speed guns, which the city recently procured to catch speedsters in the metro.
Foerster said violators included drivers of trucks, motorcycles, and small vehicles.
“Some claimed they are not aware of the ordinance. It’s understandable for those who are not from the city and are here for the first time, but for others, maybe it was just an excuse,” Foerster said.
Foerster believes that drivers are aware of their speed, however, there are drivers who blatantly disregarded the law.
“Like taxis, the faster they are the better. The more trips the more income they have,” he said.
Foerster said the Speed Limit Ordinance is implemented along Diversion Road or Benigno S. Aquino Avenue only as road signage have yet to be installed in other roads of the city.
Moreover, road accidents are more frequent in this 10-lane road than in other areas.
But to cover other areas, Foerster said TMTRO may conduct the enforcement randomly or divide into areas the use of the city’s limited speed guns.
Aside from Diversion road, a 40 km/ph limit will be imposed on cars and motorcycles passing through Brgy. Sambag, Jaro to Central Philippine University, Jaro Plaza; Iloilo provincial Capitol and General Luna to Barangay Mohon in Arevalo district; JM Basa Street going to Fort San Pedro and within City Proper district.
For trucks and buses, the allowable speed in said areas is 30 km/ph.
On the circumferential, radial and coastal roads, the speed limit for passenger automobiles and motorcycles is 60 km/ph while for trucks and buses, the limit is 40 km/ph.
The permissible speed limit for passenger automobiles and motorcycles in all other highways, streets, or roads whether national or local within the city is 30 km/ph. For trucks and buses, the speed should not exceed 20 km/ph.
Violators who will refuse to surrender their driver’s licenses can be sent to prison.
Penalties are P200 fine and/or imprisonment of 1 day minimum to 2 months maximum (1st offense); fine of P500 and/or imprisonment of 2 months and 1 day minimum to 4 months maximum (2nd offense); P1,000 and/or imprisonment of 4 months and 1 day minimum to 6 months maximum (3rd offense); at the discretion of the court.
Exemptions include doctors and ambulance drivers responding to emergency calls; AFP vehicles use in times or riot, insurrection or invasion; drivers in pursuit of a criminal; law-enforcement officer who is trying to overtake a violator of traffic laws; and fire truck responding to fire call.
For security reasons, very important persons (VIPs) such as visiting National Government Officials and other dignitaries are also exempted.
The ordinance aims to protect the public from road accidents due to over speeding and reckless driving.
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