Meeting With the Technical Committee on Road Vehicles

Meeting With the Technical Committee on Road Vehicles -- I attended this Technical Committee meeting yesterday, held at the Land Transportation Office's (LTO) North Motor Vehicle Inspection System (NMVIS). The agenda included the regulation of the electric vehicles in the country and a quick review of the UNECE's (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) R13 and R13H, both pertaining to braking systems. So basically, the meeting tackled the following:
  1. Electric vehicles and their regulation given their classification such as being an E-trike, Bus, Jeepney and hybrid.
  2. Braking system as one of the crucial items in the process of vehicle type approval in the Philippines.
This prompted me with a previous post about Japan's proposal to employ automatic braking system for its large buses and trucks.

There were a lot of things that came up during the heat of the discussions. For one, there are still a lot of gray areas when it comes to a much detailed process and description of vehicle type approval in the country. One of the reasons is the lack of related facilities to conduct such. Due to technicalities and some level of information confidentiality, I may not be able to expound further on the tidbits of the meeting but overall, the committee is doing well in its intention to help improve the country's vehicle inspection and approval systems and processes.

Here is a scaled model of the vehicle inspection facility and process of the LTO.
For the kicker, we had this awesome meal for the lunch - crispy fried catfish "Hito", Dinengdeng (a local Filipino mixed vegetable dish), with matching home grown brown rice. The ice-cold Cola was a great accomplice.
So, yes, the next meeting of the group is scheduled on March 13.

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