Under the new IRR of Republic Act 10913 (ADDA), cellphones are allowed four inches on top the dashboard, anywhere that the driver may find comfortable.
Wondering what happened to our Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA), also known as Rules and Regulations of RA 10913? The ADDA made the headlines, and then was implemented, and then suspended. The last we heard was that the revisions of its implementing the Act’s rules and regulations (IRR) was in the works.
The Department of Transport (DOTr) together with the PNP Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) clarified the implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act with more comprehensive details.
The Anti-Distracted Driving Act has been clarified with more comprehensive details
Under the new recommendations, a notable change is that cellphones and other mobile devices used for navigation may now be placed on dashboard, as long as they do not exceed the four-inch limit set by transport officials after a series of meeting with concerned organizations and other stakeholders.
This means that mobile phones are allowed four inches on top the dashboard, anywhere that the driver may find comfortable. This allows motorists behind the wheel less eye movement and prevents them from taking off their eyes on the road.
Cellphones and other mobile devices used for navigation may now be placed on dashboard, as long as they do not exceed the four-inch limit
Like in the previous IRR, making calls or texts as well as adjusting navigation app or device are allowed provided that hands-free function is activated.
The DOTr plans to publish the full copy of the revised IRR today. The new recommendations will take effect 15 calendar days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in newspapers of general nationwide publication and upon filing with the University of the Philippines Law Center of three certified copies.