New local ordinances ban cellphones while driving, imposes dress code for trike drivers

City government now bans use of cellphones while driving as well as improper dress code among trike drivers (Photo: .}

The City Council on Monday approved two proposed ordinances banning the use of cellphones and headsets while driving and requiring all drivers of tricycle-for-hire to wear “appropriate attire” while driving.

Councilor Jimmy Carbonell author of the proposal said the measure was adopted from the Anti-Distracted Driving Act of the Philippines that also prohibits distracted driving by penalizing the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices while driving.  In order to strengthen its implementation, Carbonnell said there was a need to pass the local ordinances.

“Ang tinutumbok natin dito ay ang protection at ang kaligtasan ng ating mga drivers at lalo na ang ating mga pedestrians dahil kung ikaw ay gumagamit ng cell phone at mayroong tumatawid na pedestrians ay maaaring madisgrasya. Kasama na dyan ang mga headsets either music or ano basta it impales sense of hearing ay ipinagbabawal sa ordinansa,” Carbonell said.

Carbonell added that aside from the CTMO, all barangay tanods will also be deputized to enforce the provisions in ordinances, after undergoing a training to be provided by the city government.

“Mas lalong magiging masigasig ang pagiimplementa ng mga ordinances na patungkol sa batas trapiko kung maramihan [personnel],” he said.

Councilor Rodolfo Amurao, chairman of the committee on transportation, said a similar ordinance was approved requiring all drivers of tricycle-for-hire to wear clean and appropriate clothing.

“Makakapag-instill tayo ng disiplina sa ating mga drivers kaya dapat sumunod sila. Nagca-cater tayo ng turista kaya hindi lang dapat malinis tingnan kundi presentable,” he said.

Amurao said the penalties and contents of the two proposals have been agreed to by the Tricycle  Operators and Driver’s Association (TOD

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