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April 6, 2019

That New Speed Limit? It's Just a Suggestion Says the MMDA

Hey guys, don’t hate the MMDA—remember the 60 km/h speed limit they suggested in lieu of safety on major roads around Metro Manila? They’re basically just a guide.

We wish we were kidding, but in a report by ABS-CBN News via an interview with DZMM, the MMDA Traffic Chief, Col. Bong Nebrija himself admitted that the agency cannot enforce the regulation they came up with, especially at night due to the lack of manpower and technology.

Quoting Nebrija:
“Sinet namin ‘to para maging guide ng mga motorista (We set this speed limit to be a guide for motorists), that’s the safe speed limit for you. So just abide it, with or without the enforcers themselves on the ground…” 
“…Sinasabi nila how can we enforce this at night eh wala naman kaming enforcers at night, may night capability ba ang speed gun niyo? Ako na nagsasabi wala po.” (They are saying how can we enforce this at night when we don’t have enforcers at night, and does our speed guns have night capability? I will tell you: our speed guns don’t have that capability.)
What’s even funnier is that Nebrija admitted that the speed limit was not set because of some scientific study that says that by going slower, motorists will be safer. The speed limit was set due to our fucked-up road conditions (hat tip to the DPWH). That, and because at 60 km/h, your car can use all the braking power it has. Yup, so basically, driving an Aventador is lethal.

Regardless of the logic, Nebrija says MMDA Regulation 19-001 stands, and motorists will still be fined P 1,000. How will they implement this? I guess if your car looks something straight out of a Fast and the Furious movie, you’re in trouble.

Source: ABS-CBN News

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