In a move to discourage vehicle drivers from over speeding, the Iloilo City government is set to use speed guns to measure the swiftness of vehicles starting June 1.
Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog hoped the initiative will generate discipline from drivers and positive results on road safety.
“After the meeting and consultation with our police and Transportation Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO), it was decided that we will implement the speed limit ordinance effective June 1,” said City Administrator Atty. Hernando Galvez.
He noted this will cover national highways such as Benigno Aquino Avenue or Diversion Road in Mandurriao district.
“A lot of accidents happened along our roads which resulted to damage to property or death. We look forward that with this implementation of the ordinance, we will lessen these accidents,” Galvez said.
He added that the traffic aides are already trained on proper use of speed guns.
City Hall has 10 speed guns.
Under Regulation Ordinance No. 2015-283 which provides for the speed limits for all kinds of motor vehicles within the territorial jurisdiction of Iloilo City, the maximum speed for passenger automobiles and motorcycles from corner of General Luna Street to Diversion Road and up to Barangay Ungka, Jaro district is 60 kilometers per hour (km/ph). For trucks and buses, the speed limit is 50 km/ph.
From Barangay Sambag, Jaro to Central Philippine University, Jaro Plaza; Iloilo provincial Capitol and General Luna to Barangay Mohon in Arevalo district; JM Basa Street going to Fort San Pedro and within City Proper district, the speed limit for passenger automobiles and motorcycles is 40 km/ph. For trucks and buses, the allowable speed is 30 km/ph.
On the circumferential, radial and coastal roads, the speed limit for passenger automobiles and motorcycles is 60 km/ph while for trucks and buses, the allowable is 40 km/ph.
The admissible speed limit for passenger automobiles and motorcycles in all other highways, streets, or roads whether national or local within the territorial jurisdiction of Iloilo City is 30 km/ph. For trucks and buses, the speed should be 20 km/ph.
Galvez said those who overspeed will be issued with Temporary Operator’s Permit (TOP).
Violators will be penalized with P200 and or imprisonment of one day minimum to two months and maximum for the first offense.
For the second offense, a fine of P500 and or imprisonment of two months and one day minimum to four months maximum.
For the third offense, a penalty of P1000 and or imprisonment of four months and one day minimum to six months maximum at court’s discretion. [via Iloilo City PIO | Photo by Top Gear PH]