Sunday, May 5, 2013

Transpo partylist seeks to establish state-run driving academy

QUEZON CITY, May 3 -- With a number of road accidents that killed a student and injuring several others recently, maybe it is time for the country to have a driving academy.

In an interview over Paghahanda para sa Hatol ng Bayan, transport partylist 1-Utak is pushing for the establishment of a state sponsored driving institution that will ensure that all applicants for driver's license will be educated on road safety.

Electric Jeepney Inventor and 1-Utak Nominee Orlando Marquez said the partylist's proposed academy will manage the applications to ensure that applicants have undergone driver's training under TESDA or TESDA accredited driving schools.

Marquez said drivers must know road rules and regulations especially those whose incomes depend on the daily ferrying of passengers.

Aside from pushing for a driving academy, Marquez said they will also advocate for a Road Development Act that will preserve national roads with support from the Road User's Tax.

He said maintaining national roads will help motorists extend the shelf lives of their vehicles' parts especially tires and bearings.

This could bring about a lot of savings for motorists and drivers of public vehicles, Marquez added. (Lyndon Plantilla/Media ng Bayan)

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