DOTC ready to review IRR for anti-drunk, drugged law PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 June 2013 11:35

The Technical Working Group (TWG) drafting the  Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)   for  Republic Act 10586, otherwise known as the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013 is now ready to submit their works for review to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC)  early next month.

LTO Director for Zamboanga Peninsula Aminola Abaton said yesterday the TWG is now doing some polishing on their final draft before submitting it to  DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya for review.

Atty Abaton, a senior  member of the TWG drafting the IRR, said they are now in the process of reconciling  their different views and opinions on the level of  Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) taken by  a vehicle driver to  consider him “partly impaired” of his senses.

Most TWG members,  he said,  want to duplicate the  ASEAN-BAC standard which is 0.5 alcohol level, a figure that makes them debate since some Filipinos have high resistance in alcohol intake.

The LTO director here they left the issue to  DOH which has the expertise on such subject and can give them a scientific opinion about  the alcohol intake allowable for Filipinos.

“We have completed all the sections of the IRR except the BAC which remains very debatable among us. But with the help of the team from DOH, I think the issue  will be settled since DOH has the expertise on the matter,” Abaton said.

Under the new law,  drivers found to be under the  influence of  alcohol and drugs or similar substance will be penalized according to the stiff provisions of RA 10586.

Abaton said  Article 5 of the  RA 10586  reads, “it is unlawful for any person to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drug and other similar substance.”

The new penalties for drivers  violating Article 5 of  RA 10586 carries a very stiff, such as fine ranging from P20,000 to P 500,000 depending on the gravity of the  offense or traffic violation.

He explained that for non professional drivers who  will be found violating the act, their license will be “confiscated” and  they will be “suspended” from driving for 12 months, for the first offense and  revocation of their license for second offense.

While  those holder of a professional driver’s license, if found to have violated the Act, their license will be “confiscated and perpetually revoked.”

The perpetual revocation of  their driver’s license will disqualify the person from being granted any kind of driver’s license in the future, Abaton said.

The owner  or operator of the vehicle driven by the offender will also be principally held liable together with his driver for the fine  which is ranging from P20,000 to P500,000. unless  the operator  will  be  able to convince that he had exercise extraordinary diligence in the selection of his driver for the vehicle.

The TWG  is composed  of  transportation regulations experts from LTO, Department of Health (DOH) and  the National Police Commission (NaPolCom).

Also,  members of the TWG are LTO Directors  Atty Noreen Bernadette San Luis-Lutey, region 5:  Dennis Singzon, region 6: Atty  Gomer Dy,  Region 11: and Putiwas Malambut, Region 12. — Nonoy E. Lacson