Lawmaker wants to make LTO permit a requirement for electric kick scooters

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by Drei Laurel | Sep 21, 2020
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Something tells us electric kick scooter owners aren’t going to be happy about this.

Iligan representative Frederick Siao, the author of the Philippine Responsible Driving and Accountability Act, is now pushing to make Land Transportation Office (LTO) permits a requirement for electric kick scooter use.

In a statement released on his website, the lawmaker stressed that LTO permits should be required for  “those who own, use, or buy electric scooters since these scooters can be just as deadly as bicycles if driven irresponsibly.”

Siao also shared plans to link road monitoring systems to the LTO and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and penalizing enforcers and official who fail to record traffic accidents. The lawmaker also stressed that road mishaps must be recorded even if all parties involved reach an amicable settlement.

Hindi iyan makatarungan sapagkat hindi nito naiaalis sa kalsada ang mga iresponsable o incompetent na motoristang wala na dapat lisensiya para magmaneho ng anumang sasakyan,” Siao said in his statement, adding the creation of a smartphone app with the sole purpose of reporting accidents may be part of his proposed system.

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“Every day, we have many road crash incidents, hit-and-run, and traffic violations which are not recorded either on CCTV recordings or blotters. This means those culpable are not held responsible.”

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Frankly, Siao’s take on the issue of road accidents and electric kick scooters shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.  The Philippine Responsible Driving and Accountability Act, which he authored, aims to protect drivers in the right who figure in accidents with cyclists, pedestrians, and motorbikes.

“Under current laws and procedures, drivers or motorists involved in road safety incidents and traffic violations are presumed at fault even when pedestrians and/or other motorists are at fault or also share fault,” the bill reads. “This bill seeks to make our laws also fair to the drivers who were not at fault.”

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