Another congressional bill has been filed to unify the traffic management system here in the country.

Batangas 5th District representative, Cong. Marvey Mariño, has filed House Bill (HB) 917 or the Land Transportation Management System of the Philippines which seeks to establish uniform traffic rules and regulations, violations and penalties, as well as a unified database for all vehicles which government agencies like the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Local Government Units (LGUs) can share and use.

“This measure seeks to provide a mechanism for the LTO to come up with a uniform code which shall govern the streets nationwide. Violations such as lack of signal or safety devices, seatbelts, illegal parking, and all other traffic violations including internationally-recognized road and driving etiquettes [they] commensurate should be reflected in the code,” said Mariño on the bill’s explanatory note.

Mariño also said that the bill will “enable the LTO, LTFRB, the PNP, the MMDA, and the LGUs to have an integrated database on all registered land vehicles. It will also provide a basis for more effective collection of registration fees and taxes.”

Real-time database access of LEOs

Section 7 of HB 917 will grant law enforcement officers (LEOs) immediate and real-time access to the database, possibly, through a mobile app or a dedicated electronic device. This will enable LEOs to check the records of an apprehended driver and/or vehicle. However, Section 7 also says that the checking of records will only be limited to authenticating the validity of a driver’s license (DL) and vehicle registration.

On the other hand, Section 8 will enable LEOs, in cases involving accidents or crimes, access to the driver’s information and vehicle data in the unified database.

You can read the full text of HB 917 here.