Mandatory installation of traffic light timers sought in Senate
MANILA, Philippines — A measure mandating the installation of timers in all traffic lights in urban areas to help improve road safety and reduce traffic congestion has been filed in the Senate.
In Senate Bill No. 1873 filed early this week, Senator Raffy Tulfo underscored the importance of having traffic light timers to regulate the flow of vehicles and pedestrians at intersections.
“Traffic light timers help reduce the risk of accidents at intersections by controlling the flow of vehicles and pedestrians and giving them a clear signal when it is safe to proceed. Traffic light timers can also be used to control pedestrian crossings, ensuring that pedestrians have enough time to cross the road safely and reducing the risk of accidents,” Tulfo said in the resolution.
“Overall, traffic light timers play a crucial role in improving safety, reducing congestion and delays, and making our roads and intersections more efficient and sustainable. The passage of this measure is thus earnestly sought,” he added.
If enacted into law, the Department of Transportation would be tasked to require the installation of timers in all traffic lights in urban areas within two years from the effectivity of the measure.
“The timers shall be designed to display the time remaining until the traffic light changes, and shall be clearly visible to drivers and pedestrians,”according to the resolution.
Tulfo is proposing in the bill a fine of up to P100,000 to any person, entity or local government unit that would fail to comply with the proposed law.