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Lawmakers okay speed limit ordinance

THE 20TH CITY Council passed the “Speed Limit Ordinance in Davao City” on the third and final reading on Aug. 1, 2023.

The approved ordinance was supported by pushed by Councilor Atty. Luna S. Acosta, which established the speed limit and road classifications. The law highlights the safety of drivers and pedestrians and regulates traffic on all streets and bridges.

The ordinance will apply to all types of motor vehicles within the jurisdiction of the city, including drivers, operators, and registered owners.

The local government unit, City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Davao City Police Office-Traffic Enforcement Unit (DCPO-TEU), and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) coordinated to flesh out the ordinance. 

Highways like Lacson to Marilog District-Buda boundary, Carabao Monument Waypark to Binugao-Sta. Cruz boundary and Bunawan Crossing to Lasang-Panabo Boundary have an 80 kph speed limit.

Meanwhile, open roads such as Ulas Crossing to Lacson, Ulas Crossing to Carabao Monument Waypark, Panacan Crossing to Bunawan Crossing, Davao City Coastal Road from Tulip Drive to Bago Aplaya, and low-density residential areas will implement the 60 kph speed limit.

Local and national roads that are primary or secondary within the city remain at a 40 kph speed limit. In high-residential areas, city streets and designated interior roads are limited to 30 kph, while all public subdivision roads, barangay roads, and school zones have a speed limit of 20 kph.

Violators may be fined P1,000 for the first offense, P2,000 for the second offense, and P5,000 for subsequent offenses. Meanwhile, an additional P500 fine will be imposed on those who fail to resolve their liability within seven days.


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