DOTr suspends Anti-Distracted Driving Act, will review the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)

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The Department of Transportation just announced that they’re suspending the implementation of RA 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA). The announcement was made after the Anti-Distracted Driving Act took effect five days ago.

The suspension came after continued complain by motorists regarding the definition of “line of sight”, as well as what gadget can be used and where to put them on your dashboard, and more. Law makers, particularly Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito, urged also DOTr to suspend the implementation while they clarify the gray areas of ADDA.

Here’s the full text of DOTr’s announcement;

To respond to the call of both Houses of Congress to defer the implementation of ADDA, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 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 (ADDA).
 
Relative thereto, the DOTr shall immediately revive its Technical Working Group to conduct a review of the IRR in coordination with concerned stakeholders.
 
An Information and Education Campaign (IEC) shall commence as soon as the new IRR is crafted.
 
In the meantime, we invite the public to continue the constructive discussion on this new law so as to contribute on how we could all better promote road safety, discipline, and responsible driving. ###

For now, we can all relax and take a deep breath while waiting for the revised RA 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA).

Just to be clear, the suspension of RA 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA) does not mean that we can now use our cellphone while driving.

Last modified: May 23, 2017

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