“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” If you’re the type of driver who likes to go fast and overtake at will, you might want to repeat this phrase to yourself often.
Driving fast can be fun, but it can also be extremely dangerous—that’s a given. So those 100kph passes you keep doing along tight two-lane provincial highways? Keep those within a race track, please.
Unfortunately, we know that for some speed freaks out there, mere safety concerns won’t keep them from doing what they do. So if the sheer safety risk isn’t enough of a deterrent, maybe hefty fines and penalties can do the trick?
“What fines and penalties are you talking about?” Well, under local traffic rules—which we recently refreshed ourselves with through the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) online portal—you can actually be slapped with a P1,000 fine for certain overtaking maneuvers even when you’re driving within the speed limit. Yes, even when you’re driving at, say, 40kph on a highway with a 60kph limit.
There are actually specific overtakes that the LTO considers as traffic violations, and we believe many of you might not be familiar with them. Heck, if enforcers were to be strict about this, we reckon they’d have to be prepared to hand out tickets left and right.
So, to help out the newbie drivers who visit our website—as well as the troublemakers potentially scrolling through this article—we’ve listed below 12 of the overtaking maneuvers that come with corresponding P1,000 fines.
1) Illegal overtaking
Defined as failure to pass to the left when overtaking person or vehicles going in the same direction except when there are two or more lanes for the movement of traffic in one direction.
2) Overtaking at an unsafe distance
Defined as failure to pass at a safe distance to the left of another motor vehicle when overtaking that vehicle.
3) Cutting an overtaken vehicle
Defined as driving to the right side of the highway after overtaking before his motor vehicle is safely clear of such overtaken vehicle.
4) Failure to give way to an overtaking vehicle
Defined as failure to give way to another vehicle approaching from the rear that wishes to overtaken his vehicle when the former has given suitable and audible signal.
5) Increasing speed when being overtaken
Defined as increasing the speed of the motor vehicle before the overtaking vehicle has completely passed.
6) Overtaking when the left side is not visible or clear of oncoming traffic
Defined as driving to the left side of the centerline of a highway in overtaking or passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, where the left side is not clearly visible and is not free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance to pass in safely.
7) Overtaking upon a crest of a grade
Defined as overtaking or passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction when approaching the crest of a grade.
8) Overtaking upon a curve
Defined as overtaking or passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction upon a curve in a highway where the driver’s view along the highway is obstructed within a distance of 500 feet ahead.
9) Overtaking at any railway grade crossing
Defined as overtaking or passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction at any railway grade crossing.
10) Overtaking at an intersection
Defined as overtaking or passing another vehicle in the same direction at any intersection of highways, except on a highway having two or more lanes for movement of traffic in one direction where the driver of a vehicle may overtake another vehicle on the right.
11) Overtaking on ‘men working’ or ‘caution’ sign
Defined as overtaking or passing or attempting to overtake or pass another vehicle proceeding in the same direction between warning or caution signs indicating that men are working on a highway.
12) Overtaking at a no-overtaking zone
Defined as overtaking or passing or attempting to overtake or pass another vehicle proceeding in the same direction in any “no passing or overtaking zone.”
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