DOTC recommends lower speed limit for MRT-3 trains

MANILA, Aug. 19 (PNA) — The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said on Tuesday it is recommending a lower speed limit for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3 trains.

DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, in a press conference, said that from 60 kilometers per hour (kph), the MRT-3 train speed will be slowed down to 40 kph.

This recommendation was made after one of the MRT-3 trains crashed against the barrier in the Taft Ave. station in Pasay last week, injuring 38 passengers.

Results of the probe showed that the accident was due to lapses on the part of the train drivers and control center personnel concerning operational and safety procedures.

Abaya said the involved train drivers and control center personnel will be sanctioned.

Aside from reducing the MRT-3 train speed, the DOTC is also recommending to drivers and personnel to review the train operating and safety procedures.

From now on, Abaya said they will make it a point to remove passengers in between stations before a disabled train is pulled or pushed. (PNA)