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City sets speed limits for vehicles

BAGUIO CITY – The city government has set speed limits for all vehicles traversing roads within the city.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan approved Ordinance No. 18 series of 2019 which provides for the speed limits and the collection of road crash data.

This is in line with Republic Act No. 4136 or the "Land Transportation and Traffic Code" which prescribes the maximum allowable speed for specific road classes and motor vehicles and mandates local government units to classify roads within their jurisdiction for traffic purposes and the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2018-001 of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) which mandates the Local Government Units (LGUs) to come up with their own "Speed Limits and Collection of Road Crash Data Ordinance," among other statutes.

Along primary roads like Abanao, Governor Pack and Harrison, Kayang St., the speed limits for cars or motorcycles and similar types and trucks or buses and similar others will be standard at 20 kilometers per hour while along Kennon Road and Quirino Highway (Baguio-Bauang)/Naguillan Road), the limit will be 30 kph for all types of vehicles.

Along secondary roads (Asin, Baguio General Hospital flyover, Chanum, Gov. Pack, Leonard Wood, Loakan, Magsaysay Ave. Trinidad Road East Service Road, Magsaysay Avenue Trinidad Road, Major Mane Road, Aspiras-Palispis/Marcos Highway, Pacdal and PMA the speed limit will be 30kph for cars/motorcycles and 20kph for trucks/buses.

Session Road#1 and 2 will adopt the 20 kph threshold for all types of vehicles while the Western Link circumferential road will impose 40 kph for cars/motorcycles and 20 kph for trucks/buses.

Tertiary roads with speed limits of 30 kph for cars/motorcycles and 20 kph for trucks/buses are Andres Bonifacio, Asin, Bokawkan, Country Club, Demonstration, Engineer's Hill, F. Calderon, Ferguson Road, Gibraltar Road, Gibraltar Road (Wye), Harrison Road No. 2, Kayang Ext., Kisad, Legarda, Leonard Wood, Lt. Tacay, Magsaysay Avenue (Trinidad Road) West Service Road, Manuel Roxas, Military Cut-off, North Drive, Outlook Drive, PMA Cut Off Road, PMA Cut Off Road 2, PMA Road, Quezon Hill Drive, Quezon Hill Road, Quezon Hill Road # 1, South Drive, Sto. Tomas-Mt. Cabuyao Road and UP Drive.

Those with 20 kph for all types are Abad Santos Road, Abanao Ext., Chanum, Chuntug #1 and 2, Fr. F. Carlu St., General Luna, Governor Pack, Government Center, Government Center Cut-off, Kayang Street, Lake Drive 2, P. Burgos Road, Rimando-Ambiong Road, Yandok St. and Zandueta St.

Balatoc Road and Eastern Link Circumferential will have the 40 kph for cars/motorcycles and 30 kph for trucks/buses limits.

Generally, the speed limit along city roads will be 30 kph for cars/motorcycles and 20 kph for trucks/buses while along barangay roads and crowded streets (school and built-up zones), the limit for all types will be 20 kph.

As stipulated in the ordinance, "no person shall drive a motor vehicle on any road in the City of Baguio at a rate of speed greater than that permitted by this Ordinance, drive a motor vehicle at a speed that is not appropriate for the width, traffic, grades, crossing, curvatures, visibility or other condition of the road, as to endanger the safety of road users and their property and shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater than that which will permit the vehicle to stop within the assured clear distance ahead, in order to prevent a road crash."

Exemptions are granted to drivers of a motor vehicle carrying a physician or health worker who is responding to an emergency call; hospital ambulance or emergency vehicle on the way to and from the place of a road crash or other emergency; bringing a wounded, injured, or sick person for emergency treatment to a hospital, clinic or any other similar place; motor vehicle belonging to the Armed Forces, while in use for official purposes in times of riot, insurrection or invasion; vehicles pursuing criminal; law enforcement officer who is trying to overtake or apprehend a violator of traffic laws; and driver officially operating a motor vehicle of any fire department, while responding to an emergency.

The City Engineering Office-Traffic and Transport Management Division (CEO-TTMD) will serve as the lead agency in the implementation of the ordinance.

The measure was authored by Couns. Benny Bomogao, Faustino Olowan, Vice-Mayor Edison Bilog, Couns. Leandro Yangot Jr., Edgar Avila, Joel Alangsab, Elmer Datuin, Maria Mylen Victoria Yaranon, Elaine Sembrano, Peter Fianza, Lilia Fariñas, Arthur Allad-iw, Francisco Roberto Ortega VI, Michael Lawana and Levy Lloyd Orcales. – Aileen P. Refuerzo

 
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