BAGUIO CITY – The City Council approved on third and final reading a proposed ordinance providing for the speed limits for all kinds of motor vehicles along different roads in the city, providing penalties for violations, collection of road crash data and appropriating funds for the said purpose.
The ordinance shall apply to all types of motor vehicles within, or passing through the city and the drivers and owners of the same shall strictly adhere to the prescribed speed limits.
Under the approved ordinance, no person shall drive a motor vehicle on any road in the city at a speed greater than that permitted by the measure, no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed that is not appropriate for the width, traffic, grades, crossing, curvatures, visibility or other conditions of the road, as to endanger the safety of road users and their property and no person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater the limit.
Cars, motorcycles and similar motor vehicles shall have a maximum speed of 80 km/hr along national primary roads while trucks, buses, tricycles and similar motor vehicles shall a maximum speed of 50 kilometers along the same roads. On the other hand, cars, motorcycles and similar motor vehicles shall have a speed limit of 70 km/hr when traversing national secondary roads while trucks, buses, tricycles and similar motor vehicles travelling along same roads shall have a speed limit of 50 km/hr. On national tertiary roads, cars, motorcycles and other similar motor vehicles shall have a speed limit of 60 km/hr while trucks, buses, tricycles and other similar vehicles will maintain the 50 km/hr speed limit.
Cars, motorcycles and other similar vehicles will have a speed limit of 40 km/h along provincial roads while trucks, buses, tricycles and other similar vehicles will have a speed limit of only 30 km/hr.
The speed limit of all types of motor vehicles will be reduced to 20 km/ hour when travelling along barangay roads that are considered to be crowded.
However, the prescribed speed limit shall not apply to drivers or owners of motor vehicles ferrying a physician or health workers responding to an emergency call; responding to a road crash in times of emergency, bringing a wounded or injured or sick person for emergency treatment; belonging to the armed forces while in use for official purposes in times of riot, insurrection or invasion; pursuing criminal elements and officially operating a motor vehicle of any fire department responding to emergency.
Violators shall be fined P500 to P2,000 and shall undergo 4 hours seminar on road safety on first offense; P1,000 to P2,500, undergo 4 hours seminar on road safety and 3 hours community service for second-time offenders and P1,500 to P3,000, impoundment of motor vehicle and imprisonment of not less than 30 days at the discretion of the court for third time offenders./Dexter A. See