Just recently, Camarines Sur Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte is proposing to pass House Bill 1768 that will impose a fine to PUV drivers on the road for 12 hours or more in a single day. According to the Camarines Sur representative, fatigue is one of the leading causes of road accidents. Villafuerte highlights that the bill will instill discipline in drivers and resolve the prevalence of accidents.
Aside from PUV drivers spending more than 12 hours on the wheel, operators with employees on the wheel for more than 12 hours will also be penalized.
“One factor of road accidents is driver fatigue—more specifically, drowsiness. Long drives can be especially dangerous as drivers are prone to doze off and lose concentration, mostly during night,”states Camarines Sur Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte, in an article by GMA News Online.
Villafuerte cited a study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine that relates drowsy driving to driving under the influence. Drowsiness compromises alertness, shares Villafuerte.
First offense fine will be Php 20,000 to Php 50,000 fine with suspension of franchise or permit for two years. The second offense will be Php 50,000 to Php 75,000 fine and suspension for two to three years. Third offense will be Php 80,000 to Php 100,000 and suspension for two to three years and will be prohibited from applying for a new franchise or permit for two years.