Briones: Speed limits

Starting in 2023, drivers in Cebu City will have to observe a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour (kph) while on national primary roads, 70 kph on secondary roads and 60 kph on tertiary roads.

Trucks, buses and tricycles should not exceed 50 kph on these types of roads.

City Ordinance (CO) 2612 also limits the speed of cars and motorcycles on city roads to 40 kph and of trucks, buses and tricycles to 30 kph.

All types of vehicles must not exceed the speed of 20 kph while on crowded streets like barangay roads.

I had no idea Cebu City had so many types of roads.

And what does the ordinance mean by “national primary road?” Is it referring to N. Bacalso Ave.? Osmeña Blvd.? The Cebu South Coastal Road at the South Road Properties?

If the City Government will fine violators a minimum of P2,000 and make them undergo four hours of seminar on road safety for the first offense then it has to be specific.

It has to come up with a list of roads that fall under each category so drivers cannot feign ignorance if caught breaking the speed limit. Also, they won’t fall victim to unscrupulous traffic enforcers who will take advantage of the vagueness of the ordinance.

Councilor James Anthony Cuenco, transportation committee chairman, did say that CO 2612 was amended so as not to confuse personnel of the City Transportation Office since it “did not contain any repealing clause to effectively abandon the speed restrictions mentioned in CO 801,” also known as the Cebu City Traffic Code.

Which made me scratch my head.

Why would the City have two traffic ordinances that contain different sets of speed limits? Is CO 801 no longer applicable with the amendment of CO 2612?

Still, speed may be the furthest thing from a driver’s mind, especially when navigating the streets during rush hour.

Anyway, I’m sure all the kinks will be ironed out by the time the new speed limits are implemented. Hopefully.

In the meantime, enforcers or the traffic police should go after motorcycle drivers who use sidewalks to bypass traffic. It’s bad enough pedestrians have to navigate around illegally parked vehicles and animal droppings.

I’m referring to that stretch of sidewalk from Uytengsu Road to R.R. Landon, or where the Abellana Police Station stands.

Of course, this is not the first time I’m bringing up the problem of illegally parked vehicles on that particular sidewalk. As we all know, the matter has not been addressed since majority of the violators are—surprise, surprise—the police themselves.

Just check out the line of motorcycles parked in front of the police station.

Which reminds me of one of Mayor Michael Rama’s favorite mantras, “discipline starts at home.”

But I guess that only applies to us, the public.