The Department of Transportation recently ordered the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to slap fines and sanctions to drivers/riders who will fail to stop at railroad crossings.
This follows the directive of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to the LTO on the strict implementation of Section 42 (d) of Republic Act No. 4136, also known as the “Land Transportation and Traffic Code,” which stipulates that a driver shall bring his/her vehicle to a full stop before traversing any railroad crossing.
To strictly enforce this, the DOTr and LTO coordinated with the Philippine National Railways (PNR) to establish regulations mechanism on vehicles traversing the operating lines of the PNR.
“Through an enforcement system, violators cannot just get away with their misbehavior. We will be able to determine those who deliberately and habitually disobey our traffic rules on rail lines,” said Mark de Leon, DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure.
PNR also sought the assistance of the DOTr to enforce proper sanctions to drivers who deliberately beat approaching trains, causing collisions and bringing damage to government property and danger to the public.
LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante assures that the formulation of the enforcement mechanism will help prevent further loss of life on rail tracks.
“We will work closely with the DOTr and PNR on the establishment of preventive measures to ensure the safety of the public, and inculcate discipline among drivers,” Asec. Galvante expressed.