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Creation of National Automotive Safety Administration pushed

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A lawmaker is seeking to create an independent body on automotive safety, which will undertake investigation of malfunctioning motor vehicles in the country.
Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) said it is incumbent upon the government to establish an independent body that will ensure the safety of the drivers and the commuters from malfunctioning motor vehicles.
“The mishaps involving Mitsubishi Montero’s so-called Sudden Unintended Acceleration (SUA) are an urgent matter that needs an in-depth investigation by an independent body,” Castelo said.
“The issue calls for immediate resolution as it poses imminent and clear danger to the public,” he stressed.
Castelo cited the complaints of some owners of Mitsubishi Montero have complained that their vehicle would suddenly accelerate when the driver did not intend for it, hence, resulting in disaster.
Auto engineers affiliated with the company have conducted investigation but Castelo said the probe “would definitely yield dubious findings,” hence the need for an independent body.
In House Bill 6307, the National Automotive Safety Administration is created to undertake the investigation of malfunctioning motor vehicles, Castelo said.
The measure to be known as the “National Automotive Safety Administration Act of 2015” shall constitute an independent body whose function is to investigate malfunctioning motor vehicles.
The amount needed to carry out the provisions of the proposed Act shall be charged against the 2015 appropriations of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).
Thereafter, such sums as may be necessary for the effective implementation of the proposed Act shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.