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To encourage the manufacture, importation, and use of carbon-reducing vehicles, Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has filed Senate Bill 638 which seeks to exempt electric and hybrid vehicles from taxes and duties for the next several years. According to the bill’s explanatory note, this is in line with the Philippines’ ratification …

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EDSA High Occupancy Vehicle

Some senators have rejected the proposal to ban private vehicles on EDSA during rush hours to address the traffic problem in the metropolis. The proposal came from Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, who suggested a private car ban from 6 AM to 9 AM and 6 PM to 9 PM …

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Abusive taxi drivers may soon have their days numbered as Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a measure seeking to establish the bill of rights of taxi passengers against rude and picky drivers. In filing Senate Bill No. 730, or the ‘Bill of Rights of Taxi Passengers,’ Gatchalian explained that to …

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The Senate Committee on Public Services is set to look into the proposed provincial bus ban along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) on Tuesday next week, August 13. In a statement, Senator Grace Poe, panel chair, said transport officials would be invited to explain the traffic that has choked …

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Balintawak Toll Plaza

Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III made formal last week his proposal to declare certain public holidays “toll-free.” “This will ensure smooth travel through the North Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and other connecting toll highways,” he said in filing Senate Bill No. 2220. The measure seeks to …

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Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is proposing to create a national energy policy and regulatory framework for the use of electric and hybrid vehicles. On December 13, 2018, Gatchalian filed Senate Bill 2137, otherwise known as the “Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations Act” to usher in the use of electric vehicles in …

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Malacañang is “pleased” to know that the House of Representatives has decided to heed the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to abolish the Road Board which he said was involved in corruption surrounding the use of road tax. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said Congress will support Duterte’s call …

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Children who are 12 years old and below will soon be required to sit in a booster seat or a child safety restraint system as the bicameral committee composed of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives recently approved the measure, with no major disagreements on the provisions …

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Motorcycle License Plate

The House of Representatives has approved on its third and final reading House Bill No. 8419, also known as the “Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act,” which requires motorcycles to have bigger license plates that are readable “from a distance of at least 12 meters from the motorcycle.” The bill’s approval by …

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The Senate has started the process of ironing out the details of a bill which would require prospective vehicle owners to present proof that they have a parking space for the new vehicle, a bill which Senator Win Gatchalian believes will help ease traffic congestion in the country. The Senate …

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Senator Grace Poe

Senator Grace Poe wants her colleagues to look into the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) when the Senate tackles the proposed budget of the agency. To this end, Poe has filed Senate Resolution 819, urging the Senate to conduct an inquiry into the program which …

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Ever wondered what some of our most powerful legislators are driving today? We pretty much have a list of what they are. Of course, this is by no means a comprehensive one, since some senators were rather, uh, “gun-shy” when it came to revealing the vehicles they own. Still, some …

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Jeepney

Senator Grace Poe, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Services, is urging the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to compromise with transport groups on the rollout of the jeepney modernization program next year by allowing jeepneys that are over 15 years old to continue to operate, provided that these …

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On Monday, July 25, the Senate passed on third and final reading a bill that requires motorcycles and scooters to use bigger license plates. Senate Bill No. 1397, also known as the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2017, hopes to curb criminality and ‘riding-in-tandem’ instances through the easier identification of …

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Philippine Provincial Bus

Senator JV Ejercito has filed two bills just as the United Nations’ Global Road Safety Week wraps up this weekend: Senate Bill (SB) 1446 or the  Anti-Overloading Act of 2017, and SB 1447, or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act of 2017. Under SB 1446, overloading a public utility vehicle is considered …

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