LTO scraps mandatory drug testing for driver's license application

The mandatory drug testing for driver’s license application has been scrapped Thursday by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) after MalacaƱang supported Senator Tito Sotto’s statement that the new Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Law revoked such policy.

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Credit for original image w/o LTO logo: health-street.net
In an interview with Anthony Taberna on ABS-CBN’s morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda” on Friday, LTO chief Virginia Torres announced that drug testing is no longer required on applications for driver’s license. Her office is yet to release the implementing rules and regulations.

Earlier, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda explained there’s a repealing clause (first paragraph, sub-section A of Article 36) expressly provided in Republic Act No. 10586 where the law on mandatory drug testing was repealed, PhilStar reports.

In May 2013, President Benigno Aquino III signed into law Republic Act 10586, or the “Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013,” which penalizes drivers found to be driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or prohibited drugs with up to 3 months in prison and a fine ranging from P20,000 to P80,000.

Said law also imposes harsher penalties in cases of drunk or drugged drivers involved in accidents, especially if there are casualties. A maximum fine of P200,000 for physical injuries incurred in accidents, and P500,000 if such collision resulted in the victim’s death, will be meted out on violators.

The LTO will be conducting “nationwide random terminal inspection and quick random drug tests for all public utility drivers of delivery vans, cargo trucks, container trucks, school and company buses, hotel transports, cars or vans for rent taxicabs.”