Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffy Biazon revealed Wednesday that there is a consensus among members of the House Committee on Transportation to recommend the suspension of the implementation of Republic Act 11229 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act, and that they are discussing the filing of a bill that would enact said suspension.
While he underscored the need to have rules and regulations on ensuring the safety of children, Biazon raised issues on how the said law will be implemented by the Department of Transportation (DOTR) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
“Isang point na gusto kong i-raise sa implementation ng law, ‘yung nilalaman ng Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) na pinatupad ng DOTR at LTO. Specifically ito ‘yung pagbuo ng tinatawag na fitting stations,” Biazon said.
The fitting stations, Biazon said, may be places or offices where the inspection of installation and proper use of child seat restraints will take place. According to him, the creation of the fitting stations is not included in the law.
“Ang problema natin diyan, aside from wala kasi ‘yan sa batas, ang sistemang ipapatupad sana nila ay meron pang accreditation. In other words meron pang certain number of fitting stations na bibigyan ng accreditation ng LTO para magsagawa ng fitting ng child restraint devices,” he pointed out.
Aside from being an additional burden to motorists, Biazon said the accreditation of fitting stations will be an opportunity for corruption.
“Kapag may discretion na involved, there is an opportunity for corruption. Alam naman natin na ang motoring sector is one of the most highly regulated sectors at tsaka very prone to corruption kaya isa ‘yun sa mga points na ire-raise ko against sa IRR ng batas,” he said.