Bill prohibiting PUV drivers for long hours filed in congress

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CAMARINES SUR, Philippines — Very soon, driving for long hours for drivers of public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers or for 12 hours or more will no longer be allowed.

Such is the gist of House bill 1768 filed by Deputy Speaker and Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte aiming to penalize drivers who will drive PUVs within 12 to 24 hours.

According to Villafuerte, one of the reasons for road accidents is over fatigue, causing drivers to become dizzy, especially during long drives and losing concentration on the road especially at night.

He said the measure would reduce road accidents and allow drivers to have their own discipline.

In addition to drivers, companies or institutions will also be penalized for allowing their drivers to work without breaks or shifts.

Bus are said to be overdoing work on the road because the journey from Metro Manila to Camarines Sur takes about 13 hours. (Chris Figueroa/IAMIGO/CNS)

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