AAP Supports Gov’t Initiatives to Improve Traffic Situation and Road Safety
Last November 19, the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) joined the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and other transportation agencies and road safety advocates in celebrating the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
According to DOTr Undersecretary Tim Orbos, it was fitting that the celebration came before the Christmas season, as it is at this time of the year that the number of road crash incidents spikes.
“There are two million vehicles in Metro Manila,” Orbos said. “That’s two million potential weapons that can be used to harm people. There are 30 million trips a day in Metro Manila. That’s 30 million potential occurrences of accidents.”
After a short motorcade along Commonwealth Avenue and a simple program, the DOTr took the opportunity to formally present to the public the government’s strategy to reduce road crash incidents in the country and improve the traffic situation.
These plans included Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program; the Motor Vehicle Inspection System which will start in January 2018; improving data collection for the Data for Road Incident Visualization Evaluation and Reporting (DRIVER) tool; and the updated Philippine Road Safety Action Plan (PRSAP) 2017-2022.
“AAP agrees with the government that road safety and improving the current traffic situation in the country is a shared responsibility. The National Auto Club has been doing its part throughout the years and we’ll continue to do so,” said AAP Advocacies manager Cynthia Reyes.
Additionally, Reyes noted that AAP members have now been more vocal in sharing their two-cents about the government’s strategies in solving traffic problems and improving road safety.
One example is 87-year-old Dr. Luis Dizon, Sr. who expressed his opinion about the government’s motor vehicle inspection system saying “they should be very strict in implementing this especially the emission testing.”
Dizon, who has been an AAP member for more than 20 years, also suggests that “they should think about creating or locating these inspection offices/centers at more accessible areas so that vehicle owners will not have any excuses. Improve on these centers.”
Furthermore, Dizon encourages fellow AAP members to “become examples in following traffic rules and help the government by reporting traffic violators.”
Government transportation department officials led by DOTr Usec. Tim Orbos formally unveiled the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan (PRSAP) 2017-2022.