LTO: Drug Testing for Licenses Continues

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LTO: Drug Testing for Licenses Continues


Manila, Philippines --- Mandatory drug testing for applicants of drivers' licenses will continue until the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10586, the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Acts of 2013, are promulgated and implemented, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) announced yesterday.

LTO chief Assistant Secretary Virginia Torres issued a memorandum to all regional directors and district heads stressing that status quo on drug testing will be observed until the IRR of RA 10586, which repeals a provision in the Republic Act 9165 making drug testing mandatory for those seeking to be issued drivers licenses.

"Section 17 of Republic Act 10586, otherwise known as the 'Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013' provides that the necessary implementing rules and regulation to carry out the provisions of this act shall be jointly promulgated by the Departments of Transportation and Communication and of Health and the National Police Commission," Torres said in a memorandum dated June 24, 2013.

"Pursuant thereto and to avoid confusion, mandatory drug testing as provided for under the existing laws shall be continued until the requisite IRR shall have been promulgated and made effective," the memo added.

Soon after RA 10856 was released, Torres said LTO will continue to require drivers to undergo drug testing to ensure that no drug-addicted individual gets or renews his license to operate a motor vehicle and ply the streets of the country as required by RA 9165. …

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