LAWMAKER AIMS FOR 'SAFER ROADS' WITH NATIONAL TRANSPORT SAFETY BOARD ACT
A “first step towards safer roads for Filipinos.”
This was the statement of Senate Committee on Public Services Chair Senator Grace Poe as she endorsed the approval of the Senate Bill Number 1637 or the National Transport Safety Board Act.
According to Poe, the author of the bill, the measure will create an independent and non-regulatory agency mandated to investigate transportation-related accidents to improve the transport safety in the country.
The board will be composed of six local government units and four government agencies namely the Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group which will have the jurisdiction over buses passing through EDSA.
The senator said the results of the board's investigations would be submitted to Congress within 60 days from completion.
Poe added, the act also seeks to address the 'conflicting responsibilities' of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines as a regulator, operator and investigator of air traffic incidents.