Cebu City speed limit ordinance amended

THE Cebu City Council approved on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, an ordinance amending the "half-a-century-old" traffic code that prescribed the speed limits for all motor vehicles within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.

Councilor James Anthony Cuenco, chairman of the committee on transportation, told SunStar Cebu Friday, November 11, that the existing City Ordinance (CO) 2612 did not contain any repealing clause to effectively abandon the speed restrictions mentioned in CO 801 otherwise known as the Cebu City Traffic Code.

Cuenco said personnel of the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) are confused about what law will be implemented since CO 2612 and CO 801 have different sets of speed limits.

Now that the ordinance has been amended, the councilor said the CCTO can now strictly implement speed limits for vehicles plying the city roads.

But Cuenco admitted that full implementation of the speed limit would have to wait until next year since the City Government is still in the process of procuring additional speed guns.

Under CO 2612, private motor vehicles should observe a maximum of 80 kilometers per hour (kph) while traversing national primary roads, 70 kph for secondary roads, and 60 kph for tertiary roads, while trucks, buses, and tricycles should not exceed 50 kph on these type of roads.

On city roads, cars and motorcycles will only be allowed up to 40 kph, while trucks, buses, and tricycles are limited to 30.

For crowded streets like barangay roads, all types of vehicles can only go up to 20 kph. (IRT)