Manila city buses soon to have speed Limiters
The people have spoken. The increasing number of accidents involving city buses around Metro Manila has finally pushed a road safety petition to be implemented.
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chair Winston Ginez has given the go signal to install speed limiters on city buses in a bid to improve safety in Manila’s thoroughfares. The office is now in the process of finding the ‘best technical solution’ to realise this goal.
The petition to install speed limiters was authored by news editor and racer James Deakin, who initiated a public signature drive for the campaign two months ago. The petition received 12,844 signatures in one month. LTFRB chair said ‘In principle this is already a done deal.’
James Deakin’s interview explaining how speed limiters work
Deakin said ‘I did ask the chairman earlier in principle, would he implement this, he agreed to say “yes, my office would implement this”.’ In his blog, Deakin said a speed limiter may cost around Php8,149.50 minus duties and taxes. He added that the LTFRB is also considering attaching GPS systems to buses that would help the board monitor individual bus speeds from afar in real time.
The issue of implementing speed limiters in city buses is not new. Last year, Iloilo congressman Jerry Treñas proposed that the government should implement the device one day after a city bus crashed in Parañaque City, killing 18 people.