Perseverance: an admirable trait. Fortunately, the Philippine National Police has a huge surplus of it.
According to reports, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has again pushed for the apprehension of heavily tinted vehicles. According to the PNP head honcho, “dark tints on car windshields and windows goes against two existing laws” (sic). The said laws are Republic Act 10913 and 8750, which are the Anti-Distracted Driving Act and the Seat Belts Use Act, respectively.
Albayalde was quoted as saying, “We are mandated to enforce the laws on road safety, yet, there are heavily-tinted cars on the streets and we are wondering why these are being allowed.” He further added, “How can the policemen, or traffic enforcers, know that the drivers for instance are using cellular phones while driving or they are using the seatbelts if the windshields and windows are heavily-tinted?”
In order to more effectively carry out this proposed measure, the PNP has already discussed the issue with Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade. I-ACT, or the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic will now have further strengthened enforcement capabilities following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the PNP and the Department of Transportation this past Monday. The Agreement also included a call for the PNP-HPG to deploy more personnel in and around the Metro to enforce existing traffic rules and regulations.
With the recent signing-into-law of the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act (RA 11229), Albayalde is confident that the DOTr through the LTO will be able to formulate measures on how to address the use of dark tints at the soonest possible time.
“The enforcers are mandated to apprehend violators of some laws but how can they know if the motorists or those inside the vehicles are complying when they cannot even see what’s inside the vehicles?,” the PNP chief stressed. “These are all in the pipeline, this is just the start of our effort between and among the concerned agencies,” said Albayalde.