Speed limits eyed to nab erring ‘uso-uso’-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
THE City Government of Davao is planning to put up road signs, specifying maximum allowable speeds in the metropolis in line following the directive of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to apprehend erring "uso-uso" drivers.
Land Transportation Office (LTO) head Gomer Dy said the City Engineer's Office, in coordination with the Traffic Management Center (TMC), will identify the strategic places on which the 20-, 40-, and 80-kilometer per hour speed limits apply.
The joint composite team from Davao City's transport agencies is set to meet with lawyer Jhopee Avanceña-Agustin, acting city administrator, on October 24 to discuss and present the city's road map and properly classify roads, streets, thoroughfares and highways in the metropolis.
"Para naa pud guide ang atong mga motorist (So that our motorists will be guided)," Dy told Sun.Star Davao Tuesday.
The team is composed of LTO, Traffic Management Group-Davao City Police Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Traffic Management Center and Highway Patrol Group.
Section 35 of the Republic Act 4136 (Land Transportation and Traffic Code) provides the maximum allowable speeds.
It states that the maximum allowable speed "on open country roads, with no 'blind corners' not closely bordered by habitations" is 80 kph for passengers cars and motorcycles and 50 kph for motor trucks and buses; on "thorough streets" or boulevards, clear of traffic, with no "blind corners" is 40 kph (passengers cars and motorcycles) and 30 kph (motor trucks and buses).
Meanwhile, the required speed limit "on city and municipal streets, with light traffic, when not designated 'thorough streets' is 30 kph both for passengers cars and motorcycles, and motor trucks and buses; and 20 kph is the maximum allowable speed on "thorough crowded streets, approaching intersections at 'blind corners' passing school zones, passing other vehicles which are stationery, or for similar dangerous circumstances."
Duterte earlier directed the joint composite team to "stop and arrest errant 'uso-uso' drivers and impound their motorcycles and vehicles."
"It's time to stop. Arrest all uso-uso. I want it immediately," Duterte told the heads of team.
The city mayor ordered the police and the military to impose stricter rules in regulating drivers who lurch their motorcycles and fail to observe traffic laws on prescribed speed limits on city's thoroughfares.
Uso-uso is the term used for the passenger jeepneys rigged with truck engines to make these run faster.
Uso-uso, because of their bigger engines and matched with reckless driving, have been the public vehicles that have consistently figured in fatal road collisions in the city.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 23, 2013.