MMDA issues new rule to prevent car crashes with cement mixers

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MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino

MANILA, Philippines — It’s now a must for operators of heavy vehicles carrying cement to put up signs warning other motorists to keep a safe distance, a new regulation arising from the accident that killed a pedestrian and injured eight others last week.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chair Francis Tolentino on Friday signed a memorandum requiring signs that say “Loaded With Cement—Keep Distance” on the sides and rear portion of all cement trucks or cement mixers.

The order takes effect after two weeks and noncompliance carries a fine of P500.

The rule stemmed from the tragedy in Quezon City that killed Marie Cherrie Inzon, a student of Siena College, and injured three other pedestrians and five jeepney passengers on April 23, when a cement mixer lost its brakes and forced its driver to swerve toward an excavation site to make it stop. The victims were pinned down when the mixer fell on its side.

According to the MMDA, at least one major road accident involving cement mixers takes place in the metropolis each week.

In the first quarter of the year, the agency recorded 1,512 accidents involving heavy vehicles, which injured 268 people and killed 12, seven of whom were pedestrians.

“Cement truck drivers are usually in a hurry to reach the construction sites when they are carrying wet cement, and this raises the risks they pose on other road users,” Tolentino noted in a statement.

Shortly after the April 23 accident, the MMDA proposed the reclassification of cement mixers from ordinary trucks to “dangerous vehicles,’’ the latter required to have specially trained drivers and safety features like highly visible signs and lighting, among others.

Motorists tailing such vehicles should keep a distance of at least 50 feet, Tolentino said.

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  • dodong1

    miski ano pang signs ang ilagay mo kung ang driver is not properly train sa defensive driving at ang mga truck are not properly maintain wala rin..dahil ang isang sign will not stop the truck from stopping if the brake fails. the truck will not stop or hit a pedestrian or another vehicle if the driver is not properly train….

    • sanjuan683

      LTO ang dapat sisihin dito. Madali makakuha ng license sa kanila kapag may pera lagay. Hayop ang mga taga LTO, sila ang may kasalanan sa mga nangyayari accident sa bansa.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      owners and drivers should be fined heavily. Trucks must be inspected by MMDA along the hiways.

      • dodong1

        sa amerika meron silang mga weigh stations para sa mga trucks doon nila ginagawa ang inspection at kung hindi overweight yung cargo..they do all this on all trucks at kung nilabag nila ang batas they(drivers) get fine or impound the trucks wlang sinasanto..

  • $28797156

    napakatalino ni tolentino para maisipan ang agarang solusyon sa aksidente ng cement mixer, pero hindi niya alam ang tunay na ugat ng problema. para sa kaalaman ni tolentino sakaling nagbabasa siya nito, ang pinaka-ugat ng mga aksidente ay ang mga driver na kulang sa kaalaman. professional driver kung maturingan pero walang alam pagdating sa tamang pagmamaneho pati na sa disiplina.

    • Barak_O

      mas matalino ka pala kay tolentino

      para sa kalaman mo

      ang pagiging professional driver

      ay walang silbi kung ang daan na binabyahe mo

      ay masikip at maraming hazards

      • $28797156

        basahin mo at intindihin ang komento ko, kung marunong kang umintindi.

      • sanjuan683

        Kaso ikaw ang hindi marunong umiintindi. Ang may kasalanan dito yun LTO, bakit nagkakaroon ng lisensya ang mga walang kaalam-alam na driver simple lang po. Naglalagay sila para magkaroon ng lisensya kapag kumuha ng examination mayroon na sagot. Kasalanan ba ni Tolentino yun kasalanan mo yun eh hindi mo alam ang traffic violation. hehehehe

      • $28797156

        dami mo nganga!! matulog kang abnormal ka! hindi ka marunong magbasa at umintindi.

      • Barak_O

        binasa ko at ang aking palagay ay

        mali ang iyong tinuturong pinaka-ugat ng mga aksidente

        pag bobo ka hwag ka na lang magpost

        nakakahiya kasi, kung ikaw ay may hiya

      • $28797156

        palagay mo lang na mali ang sinasabi kong pinakaugat ng problema. kung hindi ka siguarado sa mga sagot mo tumahimik ka dahil nakakahiya.

    • sanjuan683

      Unggoy sisihin mo ang LTO sila ang nagbibigay ng lagay lisensya.

  • jga94

    At least may reaction ang MMDA sa mga sakuna tulad nito.I do not think the MMDA thinks this is the answer to such tragic accidents pero it’s something—mahirap kasi dapat yung LTO na nag-iissue ng lisensya ay gumawa din ng konkretong hakbangin kasi most of the time it is really the driver’s fault.

  • disqus_nBEsUalTvo

    All trucks without brakes are dangerous. Not just cement (ready mix concrete) trucks.

  • Benigno the Turd

    Driving of heavy vehicles should be certified minimum five years experience.

  • Hunter421

    Useless. Filipinos don’t obey signs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wokjack Jack Wok

      sa japan magtapon ka ng sirang appliance baka magulat ka sa laki ng multa. hindi lang pilipino ang di marunong sumunod kahit ibang lahi. ungas. pero tingan mo ang multa kung magakano.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wokjack Jack Wok

    p0t4NG in a nyo 500 lang ang multa. gawin nyon 500,000 tingnan natin kung ayaw sumunod.

  • http://www.businessinsider.com/the-art-of-war-sun-tzu-2011-5?op=1 SunTzu

    Wow talino, ngayon mo lang naisip kailangan yan? Sa 500 pesos na multa, sigurado yun mga mmda kotong cops mo will accept 200 pesos bribe or less para kunwari walang nakita

    • farmerpo

      Yan ang tinatawag na revenue generating idea sa mga nagaakalang technocrats. 100 nga lang okey na, ppipila na naman ang mga matatalas ang mata nyan.

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        galing nilang mag-isip kung paano magkapera

  • Cobra

    The problem is most of these cement mixers & for that matter a lot of dump trucks used in the Phils. were converted from right hand drive.The problem lies in the conversion that are done by unqualified people thereby producing all these dangerous heavy vehicles running around.Most of the trucks that hauls gravel & sand are mostly in the same category.Either make it illegal for these conversions or strictly impose a proper road worthiness before registration.But then mawawalan ng delihensiya ang mga tiga LTO.

  • farmerpo

    I cannot see a sign like that preventing accidents where the accidents are caused by faulty equipment and undisciplined drivers. The reaction is not even close to a knee jerk.
    The proper reaction to those accidents cited is a very heavy fine on the owners of the cement mixers. Lost brake, lost mixer so that maintenance is at its best.. Reckless driver, driver in the cooler and a hefty fine on the owner like P50k to make sure that they get professional drivers not drivers with professional driver’s license alone. Red driver’s license is issued to anyone willing to pay. There is no special test or procedure to determine whether one is a pro or non-pro.

  • Bryan

    First of all, let us correct the term “Cement Mixers”. These trucks carry fresh concrete that are made of CEMENT (or a combination of cementitious materials), Coarse aggregates (stones), Fine aggregates (Sand), Water and Chemical additives. When all of these materials are combined together they are called “Concrete”. The rest of the world called them “Concrete Mixers, while Philippine media still call them Cement Mixers. My colleague asked me other day upon reading an article in Manila about a mixer that overturned, he asked me, ” you have a cement mixer in the Philippines, looks like a concrete mixer to me”, my reply is just, oh well..

    • akoombulator

      agree! yung mga sasakyan nga na tumaob sa kalsada ang term ng mga bobong news writer “turned turtle” hindi tumataob ang pagong sa kanilang wide stance low center of gravity at slow speed LOL

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    what a stupid sign. Inspect all heavy trucks and impound trucks in violation and fine owners heavily. Owner and driver are responsible for the safety of their vehicles.

  • regie

    hoy hindi lang sign kungdi bantayan at pigilin ang pagdadrive recklessly ng nga truck. ay is—–o

  • akoombulator

    specially trained drivers” DAW! bwahahahahahahahahah!!!

  • i_am_filipino

    TRUCKS, CEMENTS TRUCK, JEEPNEY, BUS MUST HAVE AT LEAST TWICE A YEAR BREAK TEST WITH CERTIFICATES AND CAN BE SHOWN TO THE AUTHORITIES WHEN NEEDED. THEY INVOLVE THE INNOCENT PASSENGERS AND THEREFORE THE GOVERNMENT MUST PROTECT THEM

  • paul n

    Is this a joke??? 500 thats why the rich get richer and the poor gets poorer. Its cheaper to put sign than to maintain the vehicle properly is that it??? So kind of saying keep distance my brakes weak I need more room.. Transit mixir dont carry hazardous materials no need to put sign and they dont have limited vission either in fact it has more visivility compaired to a dump truck,10 wheeler wing van,bus or tractor trailer cause this vehicles dont have rear window in the cab transit mixers do to help them when backing up at constraction site from the window you can almost see the lf and rt rear corner of it.. Its so sad after all the vehicular accident involving commercial vehicles that cause lost of lives thats the best sullotion we came up with a 500 peso sign you know we can make more than 500 if just simple inspect and fine the owners for every defect found and will not be permited to get back on the road untill said depect is repaired just for example loose steering components,worn out brakes,no turn signal light, no head light, no marker light,how about overloaded or better yet tractor trailer where the trailer has no brakes at all nada zip brake drum and shoes are completely missing for those of you drivers that drive this kind of vehicle at eyes of your boss you are heroes but when you hit someone I think still a hero cause you survive…

  • nano

    How about to put the owner of heavy trucks ,cement mixer to prison who let their vehicles run without controlling first the brake . Look how many vehicles are running who are ripe for dumping. The problem here is lack of controll in government side.

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