NLEX steps up road safety drive on tollways

Published July 20, 2018, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

Motorists using the two longest expressways – the NLEX and SCTEX – should make sure they follow overall traffic laws on road safety, following the announcement of the NLEX Corporation that it has implemented stricter safety meaures covering use of seat belts,speeding, and overloading.

Rodrigo Franco
Rodrigo Franco


“The safety of our motorists has always been our top priority since we opened in 2005, and we have gone several notches higher in our intensified road safety programs,” said Rodrigo E. Franco, president and CEO of the NLEX Corporation. “This is in keeping with our sustained imperative to make traveling along the NLEX-SCTEX is always safe and convenient,” he added.

Records show that enforcement of safety measures has greatly improved, with traffic citations in both NLEX and SCTEX rising to 92% – or 71,146 cases in the first half of 2018 compared to the37,106 cases in the same period last year. Top three traffic violations cited are overloading, speeding, and not wearing seat belt.

Franco said he expects“motorists to correct their unsafe road practices for the benefit of everyone traveling our expressways.”

“The safety of our motorists has always been our topmost priority since we opened in 2005. Our intensified road safety programs and measures are in keeping with our continuing efforts to make sure that traveling along the NLEX-SCTEX would always be safe and convenient.”

An 80 kph maximum limit is established for trucks and buses while 100 kph maximum for cars. Minimum speed for all vehicles is set at 60 kph.

In a crackdown on vehicles that exceed speed limits,NLEX patrol crewshave begun using the Gatso Speed CCTV System. NLEX has three-fixed and two-portable Gatso units placed at strategic locations where they can spot speeding vehicles.

Unlike the hand-held laser radar speed gun, the new speed monitoring system can handle automatic speed profiling and can identify the vehicle’s plate number. It can track the speed and position of up to 32 vehicles in the target area simultaneously and sends real-time speed data to the apprehending traffic officers.

More traffic officers have been deployed at toll plazas to flag down those who violate the Seat Belts Use Act. Seat belt safety messages have also been installed at toll plazas for wider awareness by motorists.