TO ensure the safety of every citizen, a neophyte Metro Manila lawmaker has filed a measure mandating the use of dashboard video camera in all government service vehicles and public utility vehicles (PUVs).
House Assistant Majority Leader and Quezon City Rep. Anthony Peter “Onyx” D. Crisologo filed House Bill (HB) 3411 to ensure road safety by requiring government vehicles and PUV’s to install dashboard video camera to help document 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 the safety of its citizens.
He added that its accuracy in recording incidents that have been taking place on the road can be beneficial to motorists and pedestrians when an unfortunate event happens.
Crisologo further said that with the government’s paramount objective of ensuring the safety of its people, the use of mounted dashboard camera devise is vital that can help improve our justice system.
The QC solon expressed belief that having a dashboard camera as a requirement will help serve as a deterrent to potential aggressors both inside and outside of the vehicle.
On the other hand, mounting dashboard camera in all government service vehicles will improve discipline among drivers and regulate the use of the vehicles in terms of destinations and accommodations.
“This bill will not only solve crimes that may happen in our streets but will also improve discipline among government drivers. Alam naman natin na may mga sasakyan ng gobyerno ang ginagamit sa pang personal na activities, kaya para magkaroon ng disiplina. Kailangan talaga na maglagay ng camera sa mga dashboard,” Crisologo said.
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 impose the rules and regulations of this Act as compulsory for all government vehicles and PUVs.
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 about 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 consent of the registered operator.