Ban on use of earphones sought

By Tracy Cabrera

AS part of the Anti-Distracted Driving Law, or Republic Act 10913, non-electronic devices such as earphones or headphones should also be banned from being used by motorists while driving on the road, according to Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon.

In the original law, restrictions are limited only to the use of gadgets such as cellphones and electronics but in Blazon’s proposed amendment will expand the list of restricted driving activities.

 

Ban Gadgets

The lawmaker reasoned out that using gadgets such as earphones and headphones may impede the ability of the driver to hear ambient sounds while travelling.

Biazon explained that the present law governing distracted driving was inadequate so it is only in order that an amendment is needed to correct this.

“Using or holding any other device or object which limits or prevents the use of the sense of sight or hearing and the use of one or both hands or feet in a moving or idle in the road will be prohibited,” the Muntinlupa solon pointed out.

“However, using GPS devices, as long as the driver is not holding it, is allowed,” he added.

Likewise, using a cellphone by a motorist or in an ambulance during emergency cases is also allowed.

 

Fines

Meanwhile, a motorist group wants to take the opportunity presented by the amendment to ease some provisions in the law.

“If they’re going to amend the law, maybe they can include easing up on (apprehending motorists for using a gadget) when the vehicle is not in motion,” said former Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chief Albert Suansing, now consultant for the Automotive Association of the Philippines (AAP).

Suansing suggested the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) as the one to implement the law together with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG), adding the MMDA can use hundreds of CCTVs to catch violators.

If the amendment pushes through, a P5,000 fine will be imposed on the first offense; P10,000 for the second offense; P15,000 for the third offense plus suspension of license; and P20,000 for the final offense plus cancellation of license.

 

 

 

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