New Traffic Laws in Effect for Philippines

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The ban on the use of mobile phones while driving, Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, is now in effect. Motorists can still use their phones provided this is done hands-free. Other prohibited acts are using gadgets for playing games, watching movies, surfing and reading e-books, among others.

Stiff Fines

Motorists who will be caught violating the law shall be fined P5,000, 100 US Dollars,  for the first offense; P10,000, 200 USD, for the second offense; P15,000, 300 USD, and suspension of driver’s license for three months for the third offense; and P20,000, 400 USD, fine and revocation of driver’s license for the fourth offense. (Source: philstar)

Small Children Banned from Riding Motorcycles

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Small children are banned from riding motorcycles along national roads and highways nationwide by virtue of the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act or Republic Act 10666, which takes effect starting Friday, May 19.

“Only children whose feet can reach the foot peg, could wrap their arms around the driver’s waist, and wears protective gear such as a helmet may be allowed to ride on a motorcycle with an adult,” says Transportation Assistant Secretary Richmund de Leon. (Source: GMA NEWS Online)

New Law Was Signed in August 2015

Under the RA 10666, any person driving a two-wheeled motorcycle can no longer take a child for a ride along public roads where the volume of vehicle traffic is heavy, or where there is high-density of fast-moving vehicles, and where the speed limit is more than 60 kilometers per hour.
The new law was signed by President B.S. Aquino II in August 2015.

Exemptions apply to cases such as transporting a child under emergency situations and in need of immediate medical attention.

Violators will be fined P3,000 on their first offense, P5,000 on their second offense and P10,000 on their third offense and suspension of driver’s license for a month.

Violation beyond the third time shall result in automatic revocation of the offender’s driver’s license.

The Anti-Distracted Driving Act Now Suspended

After only five days after going into effect, the new Anti-Distracted Driving Act has been suspended due to confusion provisions in the law such as the placement or positioning of items on a vehicle’s dashboard or windshield. Motorists say objects like rosaries or clamps to hold smartphones serve a functional or personal purpose. (Source: CNN Philippines)

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