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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Solon calls for mandatory truck driver education to ensure road safety
Writer: Ma. Victoria I. Palomar, Media Relations Service-PRIB
01 November 2014 07:53:09 AM

A lawmaker has proposed a mandatory driver education for truck drivers to promote road safety for motorists and the commuting public.

At present, Rep. Linabelle Ruth R. Villarica (4th District, Bulacan) said the rules and procedures for the accreditation of driving schools do not include truck driver education.

Villarica said while the regulation of driving schools has significantly improved the education and skills of drivers, truck drivers, specifically, have to be reoriented on the intricacies of driving their vehicles in view of their size and weight.

"This will ensure road safety for motorists and the commuting public as well as protect and preserve properties from damage and destruction," Villarica said.

Under House Bill 5107, to be known as the "Professional Truck Driver's Education Act," which Villarica authored, all establishments employing professional truck drivers shall secure for them a professional truck driver's education and safety program.

Villarica said only accredited driving schools should be allowed to conduct the professional driver's education and safety program.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is authorized to suspend or revoke any license or certificate issued for the operation of commercial trucks and vehicles for violation of any provision of this Act.

The amount needed for the initial implementation of the measure shall be charged against the existing appropriation of the LTO but the budget needed for the full implementation of the proposed act shall be included in the General Appropriations Act.

Villarica said the proposal is in line with the mandate of the State to maintain peace and order and protect the life and limb of motorists and commuters alike as they routinely take to the streets for work or leisure or for other reasons.

The measure mandates the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to formulate the rules and regulations for the implementation of this Act.