Will a unified national transport body improve road safety?

A bill has been proposed
by Jason Tulio | Jan 18, 2018

With all the mishaps and accidents that happen on our roads every day, will a change in governing bodies be the solution? The senators behind Senate Bill 1637 seem to think so. 

The proposed bill is otherwise known as the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) Act. Like the title implies, the law would see the creation of national board that oversees transportation safety. The board would consist of seven members who will investigate air, highway, railroad, pipeline, and maritime accidents and submit their findings to Congress. It would also conduct studies and help craft policies to improve safety.

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"The NTSB can save lives. Hindi dapat na kung kailan may aksidente e doon pa lamang tayo kikilos. Policy recommendations should be based on facts and thorough research and not on knee-jerk reactions and band-aid solutions," said Grace Poe, one of the senators behind the bill

"Nakakapanghinayang na maaaring iwasan ang karamihan ng mga aksidente sa Maynila. Halimbawa, ayon sa datos ng MMDA, driver error ang sanhi ng 80% ng aksidente sa Maynila. Marami sigurong buhay ang maisasalba kung hihigpitan ang pagbibigay ng lisensya at ang paghuli sa mga hindi sumusunod sa batas trapiko," Poe added.

What do you guys reckon? Would the NTSB help lessen the number off accidents on the road? Share your thoughts below.


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