Davao City Council approves speed limit ordinance

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THE 20th Sangguniang Panlungsod successfully passed on the third and final reading the “Speed Limit Ordinance of Davao City” on August 1, 2023.

The approved ordinance, authored by First District City Councilor Atty. Luna S. Acosta, introduces a new speed limit and road classification to prioritize the safety of drivers and pedestrians and regulate traffic on all roads and bridges within the city.

The ordinance applies to all types of motor vehicles within Davao City's jurisdiction, including their drivers, operators and registered owners.

The local government unit (LGU), City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Davao City Police Office-Traffic Enforcement Unit (DCPO-TEU), and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) collaborated to determine the roads requiring speed limits.

“Giplanuhan jud pag maayo jud, gitan-aw namo ug unsa tuy mga kabag-uhan naay mga dalan na hinay kaayo atoang gidungagan, naa poy mga lugar nga angay jud na i-reduce ang speed, example atubangan sa mga well-crowded, particularly mga school zone," Second Command-Executive Master Sergeant Rime Ceredo of the DCPO-TEU said in a previous interview.

(We carefully planned this, thoroughly considering areas that require adjustments in their speed limits. In some places where traffic is slow-moving, we raised the speed limit. In contrast, in other areas, particularly near crowded places like school zones, we reduced the speed limit to enhance safety.)

Various roads were designated with specific speed limits based on their characteristics.

Major roads like Lacson up to Marilog District-Buda boundary, Carabao Monument Waypark to Binugao-Sta. Cruz boundary and Bunawan Crossing up to Lasang-Panabo Boundary have an 80 kph speed limit.

Open roads like Ulas Crossing to Lacson, Ulas Crossing to Carabao Monument Waypark, Crossing Panacan to Bunawan Crossing, Davao City Coastal Road from Tulip Drive to Bago Aplaya, and low-density residential areas follow a 60 kph speed limit.

Streets of local and national roads, whether primary or secondary within the city, will have a 40 kph speed limit.

High residential areas, city streets within Davao, and designated interior roads shall be limited to 30 kph, while all public subdivision roads, barangay roads, and school zones will have a speed limit of 20 kph.

Administrative fines will be imposed on violators to enforce compliance. The penalties for the first offense amount to P1,000, P2,000 for the second offense, and P5,000 for subsequent offenses. Those who fail to settle fines within seven calendar days will face an additional P500 fine. (Jeramme Leahbelle G. Misamen and Danielle Mari J. Losis/NDDU Interns with reports from RGP)


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