LTO warns fog lighting motorists
by RG Alama
Davao City (14 October) -- Motorists using fog lamps and other unauthorized lighting devices in their cars were warned by the Land Transportation Office against using these while driving in the city.
LTO-XI chief of operations Eleanor Calderon said that foglamps should only be used on foggy weather and Davao City being a lowland area where fogs rarely occur, motorists should use only their car's headlights. She said that they cannot control the installation of these lights since some newer car models have preinstalled fog lamps.
Calderon warned that motorists who insists on using fog lamps even on clear weather will be apprehended and charged with Presidential Decree 96 or the law which prohibits the use of unnecessary lights on vehicles.
Fog lamp violators are fined P300 plus added P77 computer fees. Unnecessary use of Fog lamps is a road hazard since its blinding light could distract oncoming motorists.
Meanwhile Calderon also said that the LTO will clamp down on the unauthorized use of dome lights, blinkers and other signaling devices in accordance with PD 96. Calderon said that the authority to use blinkers, and sirens are only given to the military, the police, the LTO, fire trucks and ambulances.
Local government officials particularly the escorts of ARMM (Autonomous Region for Moslem Mindanao) officials are not exempted. Calderon cited that the LTO had flagged escort vehicles of known ARMM officials violating PD 96. ARMM officials have been the subject of many complaints by city residents over their speeding convoys complete with security escorts.
Calderon said that in fairness to these officials, they willingly submit to the apprehending authorities and pay the corresponding violations. The use of sirens and blinkers and other signaling devices are charged with corresponding penalties amounting to P15,000. (PIA XI) [top]