Right of way is one of the basic guiding principles of respectful motoring. The thing is, with the number of cars squeezed into our road system, it’s easy for one to completely throw the concept out the window in favor of getting from point A to B as quickly as possible.
Or, you know, you might not be familiar with right of way at all—in which case we suggest reading about the ins and outs of the concept here.
Anyway, in case you aren’t aware, not yielding to fellow motorists who have the right of way can also lead to a traffic violation with a P1,000 fine. Below are the specifics courtesy of the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) Portal.
1) Failure to yield the right of way to other vehicles
- Failure of a vehicle on the left to yield the right of way to the vehicle on the right when these vehicles approach or enter an intersection at approximately the same time.
- Failure of the vehicle approaching but not having entered an intersection to yield the right of way to a vehicle within such intersection or turning therein to the left across the line of travel of the first-mentioned vehicle when such vehicle has given a plainly visible signal of intention to turn.
- Failure of a vehicle entering a highway from a private road or driver upon a highway to yield the right of way to all vehicles approaching on such highway.
2) Failure to yield right of way to pedestrians
Failure of the driver of any vehicle upon a highway within a business or residential district to yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing such highway within a crosswalk except at an intersection where the movement of traffic is regulated by a peace officer or by traffic signals.
3) Failure to yield a right of way to ambulance, police, or fire department vehicles
Failure of driver upon a highway to yield the right of way to police or fire department vehicles and ambulances when such vehicles are operated on official business and the drivers thereof sound audible signal on their approach.
4) Failure to yield right of way at a ‘through highway’ or a ‘stop-intersection’
Failure of a vehicle entering a “through highway” or a “stop intersection” to yield right of way to all vehicles approaching in either direction on such “through highway.”
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