Solon bats for dashcams on public utility, government vehicles

A first-term congressman from Quezon City on Saturday pushed for a bill that mandates the installation of dashboard video cameras in public utility and government vehicles.

House Assistant Majority Leader Anthony Peter “Onyx” D. Crisologo said he filed House Bill 3411 to ensure road safety and to help documenting vehicular accidents, pilferage, and other crimes that may occur in the streets.

Crisologo explained that the use of mounted dashboard camera has greatly helped in further strengthening the capacity of the government to secure safety of its citizens.

He added that its accuracy in recording incidents that take place on the road can be beneficial to motorists and pedestrians when an unfortunate event happens. 

Crisologo said that with the government’s mandate of ensuring the safety of the people, “the use of mounted dashboard (video) camera is vital in improving the justice system.”

The QC solon believes that having a dashboard camera in a public as a requirement will help serve as a deterrent to potential aggressors both within the vehicle and even those outside of it.

In addition, he said mounting dashboard cameras in government service vehicles “will improve discipline among drivers and regulate the use of the vehicles.”

“This bill will not only (help) solve crimes that may happen in the streets but will also improve discipline among government drivers. We know that there are government vehicles that are used for personal activities, that is why to instill discipline, there should be a camera on the dashboard,” Crisologo said. Maricel V. Cruz

The bill provides that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in close consultation with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), National Privacy Commission and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) shall formulate the implementing rules of the bill should it be enacted into law. 

Under HB 3411, the institutions handling government service vehicles and the operators of any PUV’s shall submit to the request of any enforcement agency the recordings of dashboard cameras when requested for a legal investigation.

However, any data from the recording device cannot be obtained or copied without the assent of the registered owner or operator of the concerned vehicle. 

Topics: Quezon City , dashboard , video cameras , Anthony Peter “Onyx” D. Crisologo
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