The Department on Transportation has suspended “effective immediately” the enforcement of the Anti Distracted Driving Act (ADA) or Republic Act 10913 after Congress and the Senate put pressure on the agency amid massive complaints and questions on particulars of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).
“To respond to the call of both Houses of Congress to defer the implementation of ADDA, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising Board (LTFRB), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the PNP Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) take heed to the Congress (sic), being authors of the law, to defer the enforcement of Republic Act 10913 or the Anti Distracted Driving Act (ADDA),” the press statement said.
The same statement said they are going back to the drawing board to review the details of the IRR and see where they can improve it to satisfy some technical clamors that have been flooding the DOTr and the other related agencies.
“Relative to thereto, the DOTr shall immediately revive its Technical Working Group to conduct a review of the IRR in coordination with concerned stakeholders,” the statement explained.
The statement went on to say “an Information and Education Campaign (IEC) shall commence as soon as the new IRR is crafted.” hey also invited the public to “continue the constructive discussion on this new law so as to contribute on how we could all better promote raod safety, discipline and responsible driving.”