DOCUMENTS: Speed limit ordinances in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines – Do you know how fast you should drive in your area?
Speeding is identified by the World Health Organization as one of the main problems that contribute to road crash-related injuries worldwide.
Speed limits are set under Republic Act (RA) No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code which mandates the allowable speed limits on open country roads, city and municipal streets, and thoroughfares.
The problem with the law is since it was enacted more than 5 decades ago, the speed limits set on some roads may be outdated already. (READ: What's lacking in our road safety laws?)
In one of the provisions of RA No. 7160 or the Local Government Code, local government units (LGUs) have the mandate to "exercise all powers granted to it in order to promote health and safety, among others."
The Local Government Code also empowers cities and municipalities to enact ordinances to regulate the use of its streets and to regulate traffic. (READ: What you need to know about speed limits in the Philippines)
Here's a rundown of LGUs with their own speed limit ordinances:
Quezon City (San Antonio)
Cagayan de Oro
General Santos (Baluan)
Misamis Occidental – Speed Limit Ordinance
Misamis Occidental – Road Safety Ordinance
Misamis Occidental – Towing Ordinance
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