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The Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA), together with its revised set of implementing rules and regulations (IRR), is finally set to be implemented early next month.
As you're aware, the ADDA doesn't just apply to cars, but to motorcycles and scooters as well. Under the new IRR, riders may now place their smartphones or gadgets near the instrument panel or handlebars provided that it's via a holder or mount and it does not interfere with his or her line of sight.
"Dati, bawal ang attachment," Land Transportation Office director of law enforcement Francis Almora explained during a recently held live demo of the revised IRR. "So now you can put your devices here provided na may holder."
We're glad to see this matter finally cleared up. We'd hate to have to pay those stiff fines due to some form of misinterpretation, either on our part or the apprehending official's. Hopefully, both motorists and concerned government agencies no longer run into any issues when the ADDA is once again rolled out on July 6, 2017.