An LTO (Land Transportation Office) enforcer apparently misunderstood the rules under Republic Act 10913, also known as the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA), which starts today, Thursday, May 18. The confused LTO personnel stopped a Uber driver in Quezon City, and initially thought that the latter violated the law. Watch video below.
As you can see on the video via a dashcam posted by a certain Daniel Ruizo Nadal at Uber Pilipinas Facebook group page, a group of LTO personnel was conducting a dry run of Anti-Distracted Driving Act, and one of them asked him to stop his car. The LTO enforcer then politely told him that they are just checking if drivers are following the new law.
“Hindi po pwede yan. (That’s not allowed.)” The LTO enforcer told him Nadal , but the netizen interrupted him, saying that he just following what her read on Facebook about the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. And although it not seen on the video, it is very clear that there is no device, gadget, or anything that would interfere with the driver’s line of sight.
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“Huwag po kayo maniwala doon. (Do not believe it)” The LTO officer said, and asked his superior for assistance. He told his superior that Nadal is insisting that he is a law-abiding driver based on what he read on Facebook. But when the LTO superior checked the location of his gadgets, he said the driver is following the law, and that the latter should not be fined.
According to Nadal, his cellphone, GPS, and Waze are placed near the odometer, and his dash cam is at the back of the rear view mirror of his car. The netizen added that the confused LTO enforcer asked him if he is a Uber driver, and he said he is off duty. He also mentioned that he encountered the group at Kamuning Road, Quezon City.
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