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No Cellphone While Driving Law starts on May 18

The Anti-Distracted Driving Act that became a law last August 1, 2016 will now be enforced starting May 18, 2017.

Any driver caught using a cellphone while he/she is in the driver’s seat will be apprehended and fined. This includes using the phone even if the car is not moving while on a stop light or in a middle of a heavy traffic (incidentally, just this afternoon, a MAPSA officer warned us about this violation and stated it is already in effect in Makati, though we corrected him that it should be May 18).

Here are the fines:

1st offense: Php5,000 fine
2nd offense: Php10,000 fine
3rd offense: Php15,000 fine + 3 months suspension of license
4th offense: Php20,000 fine + revocation of driver’s license

There are also exemptions to this rule as stated here.

Updated: Everything you need to know about the Anti-Distracted Driving Law

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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10 Responses

  1. NotASheep says:

    What about uber drivers? they HAVE to use their smartphones.

  2. Maryanne says:

    The list of exemptions has only two cases. It does not include the use of navigation apps on mobile phones.

  3. Peejay says:

    What about if one is updating or sending an alert on Waze: traffic situation, hazard?

  4. Dennis says:

    Exception are vehicle with heavily tinted.

  5. JeepneyDriver says:

    What about Jeepney drivers who have done this far longer than device users? Should they be allowed to receive payments with the other hand while driving and in motion? I guess distraction has become some political fad of sorts.

  6. Drex says:

    How can you enforce it? If other road laws are not even enforced? For example: pub overspeeding? Cars motorcycles counterflowing, illegal parking or obstruction especially ortigas la salle?

  7. dan says:

    how about dashcam?

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