Anti-distracted driving act

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What does Anti-Distracted Driving Act prohibit?

The Anti-Distracted Driving Act, officially recorded as Republic Act No. 10913, is a law in the Philippines that prohibits distracted driving by restricting and penalizing the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices while driving on any public thoroughfare, highway or street in the Philippines.

How does this Act define “distracted driving”?

It defines “distracted driving” as “using mobile communications device to write, send, or read a textbased communication or to make or receive calls” or “using an electronic entertainment or computing device to play games, watch movies, surf the internet, compose messages, read e-books, perform calculations, and other similar acts” while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle or while temporarily stopped at a red light.

What does this Act cover?

The law covers all private and public vehicles, including agricultural machines, construction equipment, public utility buses and jeepneys, taxicabs, motorcycles, tricycles, pedicabs, kuligligs and carriages.

Does this Act prohibit hands-free functions of gadgets?

No, this Act does not prohibit hands-free functions of gadgets, such as speakerphones, provided that these do not block their line of sight.

What are the Government Agencies that are tasked to regulate and implement the provisions of this Act?

The implementing agency is the Land Transportation Office (LTO) under the Department of Transportation that was tasked to promulgate the necessary implementing rules and regulations within 60 days from the effectivity of the Act. It also ordered the LTO, the Philippine Information Agency, the Department of Education, the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to undertake nationwide information, education and communication campaign for a period of 6 months from the effectivity of the Act. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the PNP and other law enforcement agencies are required to enforce the act.