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Poe wants probe on “harsh” penalties for driving violations

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SENATOR GRACE S. Poe-Llamanzares has filed a resolution calling for an inquiry into what she called “unjustly harsh” penalties for violating driving and transport rules as contained in a June 2014 order. The order is contained in Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 2014-01 issued by the Department of Transportation (DoTr), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). Senate Resolution No. 910, filed on Oct. 1, was prompted by complaints made by public utility vehicle drivers and operators during the numerous hearings conducted by the Senate committee on public services in the provinces this year. “These testimonies are an indicator that JAO No. 2014-01 has transgressed the penalties laid out in R. A. (Republic Act) 4136, and may thus be an (sic) violation of the limitations for such administrative rules and regulations to be valid,” Ms. Llamanzares said in the resolution. “Even if the penalties in R. A. 4136 are out-dated, the proper remedy is to amend the law, and not to bypass it through the implementation of excessive rules and regulations,” she added. — Camille A. Aguinaldo





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