Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito wants to revisit transportation legal guidelines to impose stiffer penalties on overloading vehicles.

“What we need are stiffer penalties for overloading. Right now, our law only prescribes for P2,000 and P3,000 and suspension of the certificate of public convenience for first and second offense, respectively,” he stated on Thursday (April 20).

Ejercito wants the outdated RA 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, which was enacted in June 1964, to be amended within the wake of the newest street mishap in Nueva Ecija the place an overloaded bus fell right into a 100-feet ravine, killing 31 of its passengers and injured 46 others.

Major steps needs to be undertaken to revamp laws on land transportation, the senator stated.

“We were able to pass the Speed Limiter Act during the 16th Congress, I think it is high time to pass an amendment with respect to the violation of the prescribed maximum capacity of public utility vehicles,” Ejercito stated.

While the nation is grieving with those that misplaced their family members within the accident, Ejercito stated, the Senate will take steps in making certain that accidents like these are curbed and prevented from taking place once more.