DOTr releases FAQ on Anti-Distracted Driving Act

The Anti-Distracted Driving Law has raised a lot of questions lately especially that its full implementation is just a day away. That said, the Department of Transportation has released a post to answer common questions.

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Below is the “ANTI-DISTRACTED DRIVING ACT (11 Things You Need To Know)” as published by the DOTr on their Facebook page.

1. What is RA 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act?

RA 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act is a new law that prohibits motorists from using communication devices and other electronic entertainment and computing gadgets while vehicles are in motion or temporarily stopped on a traffic light or an intersection. A motorist, as defined under this law, is a person who is driving a motor vehicle.

2. What vehicles are covered by this Act?

This act covers both public and private vehicles. It also covers wheeled agricultural machineries, construction equipment, and other forms of conveyances such as bicycles, pedicabs, trolleys, “habal-habal”, “kuligligs”, wagons, carriages, and carts that may either be human-powered or pulled by an animal as long as the same are operated or driven in public thoroughfares, highways or streets.

3. What does this law prohibit?

Prohibited acts made while driving include but not limited to: making or receiving calls, writing, sending or reading text-based communications, playing games, watching movies, performing calculations, reading e-books, composing messages, and surfing or browsing the internet.

4. What are the actions exempted from this law?

Motorists are allowed to use their devices to make or take emergency calls to authorities in cases of a crime, accidents, bomb or terrorist threat, fire or explosion, instances needing immediate medical attention, or when personal safety and security is compromised.

5. Can we use hands-free devices like microphones and earphones?

Yes. Motorists can use the aid of hands-free function and applications as long as these do not interfere with the driver’s line of sight. This means that no communication or electronic gadget should be affixed on the car’s dashboard and steering wheel. In addition, drivers are only allowed to wear earphones when making or receiving calls. Using earphones to listen to music falls under “similar acts” in Section 4B of the law, in addition to reckless driving violation penalized under other relevant laws. Dashcams may be placed above the dashboard or behind the rear view mirror as long as it does not obstruct the driver’s line of sight.

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6. Can we still use traffic and navigational apps like Waze and Google Maps while driving?

Yes. Although motorists are being advised to set their preferred destination on these applications prior to their departure. Gadgets with these applications may be installed in areas shown in the picture below, or other areas that will not obstruct the driver’s view. In cases when motorists need to find alternate routes while in traffic, they are advised to first pull their vehicles aside.

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7. Who are authorized to apprehend violating motorists?

The DOTr – Land Transportation Office (LTO) is the lead implementing agency of the Act. The LTO also has the authority to deputize members of the PNP, MMDA, and LGUs to carry out enforcement functions and duties.

8. How will we know if drivers of private vehicles with heavily-tinted windshields are violating the law?

Aside from high-definition cameras that can monitor lights from devices inside heavily-tinted vehicles, the law will also be strictly enforced by enforcers on the ground who were well-trained to determine from the movement of the vehicle whether or not a driver commits distracted driving. A Memorandum Circular setting specifications on the regulation of tints shall be released by LTO soon, upon consultation with tint manufacturers.

9. What are the penalties?

Violators will be penalized with a fine of five thousand pesos (Php5,000) for the first offense, ten thousand pesos (Php10,000) for the second offense, and fifteen thousand pesos (Php15,000) for the third offense with a three-month suspension of driver’s license. Violations incurred beyond the third offense shall be penalized with the revocation of driver’s license and a fine of twenty thousand pesos (Php20,000).

10. Are operators of Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) also liable for violations made by drivers?

Yes. Operators and owners of Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) and other commercial vehicles shall both be held liable for the violations committed by their drivers.

11. When will this be implemented?

The Anti Distracted Driving Act shall be implemented nationwide starting May 18.

source: DOTr Facebook

Louie Diangson
  1. The law is good, it helps so much to avoid accidents. We happy that the implementation started. In 1981 road accidents seldom happen and no report heard on radio that drivers using fm radio were in trouble, unlike now there are so much accidents due to irresponsible used of gadgets

  2. Hay nako, ping isipan ba ito ? Tpos immediate implementation agad?tama, bkit ito ang pinagtutuunan nyo ng pansin…. bkit hindi traffic ang iresolve ninyo..

  3. What about those vehicles with so many stuffed toys in the dashboard? They are not communication device so they are not covered? Even though they block the drivers line of sight?

  4. bakit po ito ang pinagtotoonan ng pansin ng secondary na lang dapat ito bakit po hindi na lang yung mga abusadong truck at PUV ang ayusin nyo pasensya na po sa mga truck at PUV owners madalas po kasi sila yung cause ng accidente tulad na lang po sa may Pdero Gil St. PACO Mkt. magbaba magsasakay ng pasahero sa gitna ng kalsada o kaya naman makikipag unahan sa mapipick-up na pasahero di po ba mas delicado yung ginagawa ng mga PUV sa mga truck naman lalu na ung may mga trailer na truck lalu na pag walang mga laman ang kanilang mga trailer parang kotse kung mag patakbo eto po dapat ang atin pag toonan ng pansin di po ung pagkakakitaan ng mga kawatan na enforcer sa PACO mkt nga sa harap pa mismo ng station ng pulis ang traffic wala naman ginagawa yung mga pulis para ayusin ang traffic ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES isa pa bawal kayo ng bawal ng kung anu ano yung mga binayaran sticker and bagong plate No. asan na nga nga nanaman nakurakot na swerte naman ninyo gunun na lang

  5. What about finding alternative routes when stuck in traffic as that is the most frequent case.

    Also how can the police know if the driver is listening to music or talking to someone using a headset? It can be a abused by police. It should be indicated what defines listening to music. Like if headset is only one ear, it is most likely speaking to someone rather than listening to music

  6. Reply Avatar of ariel moreno alfonso mba
    ariel moreno alfonso mba May 18, 2017 at 10:08 am

    You should first study this law before implementing, I rely on my google map wherever im in makati, if i will place it down it may cause an accident since my eyes will not focus anymore in front where i can see vehicles, people etc…

  7. How about the signage being used by PUVs? It also obstruct their line of sight. Also, UV Express vans with TV monitors?

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