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Pimentel seeks DOTr status report on bus speed limit

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Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has sought from the Department of Transportation (DoTr) a status report on the implementation of the law mandating the installation of speed limiter on public utility vehicles (PUVs), trucks, delivery vans among many others.

“On Monday I will formally request the DoTr to provide my office with a detailed report on their implementation of the law or an explanation why they have not yet done so,” he said.

The senator saw the need to remind the department on the proper implementation of RA 10916 or Road Speed Limiter Act of 2016 following a report on a five-vehicle collision in Libmanan, Camarines Norte involving two buses, one truck and three private cars, resulting in the death of three persons.

The incident left at least 10 others injured, including a nine-month old baby, son of the couple Ronel Peña and wife, Susanne Maner who were among the fatalities.

Their son Naoki William Peña was reportedly thrown out of the vehicle they were riding but survived the incident​.​

“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,” the senator said.

RA 10916 lapsed into law on July 21, 2016, in accordance with Article VI, Section 27 of the Constitution, which provides that bills submitted by Congress not signed or vetoed by the President within 30 days shall become law.

The law covers closed vans, haulers or cargo trailers, public utility vehicles (PUVs), shuttle service vehicles, tanker trucks, and other vehicles to be determined by the DoTr.

Section 5 of the law requires the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to deny registration and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to withhold franchises to non-compliant vehicles.