Motorists in Cagayan de Oro using navigational apps in driving had a sigh of relief after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) suspended today the implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act pending review of the implementing rules and regulations and thorough discussion and clarification by the DOTr’s technical working group.
The DOTr released today this official statement below.
“To respond to the call of both Houses of Congress to defer the implementation of ADDA, the Department of Transportation, Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Metro Manila Development Authority, and the PNP Highway Patrol Group take heed to the Congress, being the authors of the law, to defer the enforcement of Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act,”
It can be recalled that much of the confusion among both enforcers and motorists is the ‘line of sight’ and the prohibition of gadgets on the vehicle’s dashboard.
In a news report from CNN Philippines, Senator JV Ejercito said that by lowering the placement of gadgets especially those used for navigational purposes, the driver will be forced to take his eyes off the road for a split second which is more dangerous.
Accordingly, the law requires an information and education campaign for a period of 6 months to which the DOTr has not made.