Ejercito calls for re­view of Traf­fic Code

Business World - - THE NATION -

FOL­LOW­ING THE bus ac­ci­dent in Nueva Ecija on Tues­day that left more than 30 dead and 45 in­jured, Se­na­tor Joseph Victor G. Ejercito yes­ter­day called on the Se­nate to amend the Land Trans­porta­tion and Traf­fic Code. “I think it is high time to pass an amend­ment with re­spect to the vi­o­la­tion of the pre­scribed max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles,” Mr. Ejercito said in a state­ment, not­ing that the Code was en­acted in June 1964 and sub­ject to re­view. Mr. Ejercito seeks in par­tic­u­lar stiffer penal­ties for over­load­ing, adding that the law cur­rently pre­scribes only a P2,000 to P3,000 fine and the sus­pen­sion of Cer­tifi­cate of Pub­lic Con­ve­nience for the first and sec­ond over­load­ing of­fenses. For his part, Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Vi­cente C. Sotto, on his twit­ter ac­count, re­it­er­ated his call for the re-ex­am­i­na­tion of pro­fes­sional li­censed driv­ers and the re­place­ment of old buses, which was the sub­ject of a priv­i­lege speech he de­liv­ered ear­lier this year. —

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