Speed limits in the Philippines are specified in Republic Act No. 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines, which took effect on its approval on June 20, 1964. The act covers a number of areas other areas than speed limits, and was amended regarding some of those areas by Republic Act No. 10930, which was approved on August 2, 2017. As of 11 July 2021[update], RA 4136 is listed as current by the Land Transportation Office of the Philippines.
Nonwithstanding the above, the generally applied speed limit in the Philippines as of 2021[update] is 60 km/h (37 mph) on most highways and 100 km/h (62 mph) is the maximum on most expressways. The speed limit sign is a red circle with numbers inside as in most countries including Japan, Thailand and Malaysia.
|Roadway type||Passengers Cars||Motor trucks||Motorcycle and buses|
|Open country roads, with no “blind corners” not closely bordered by habitations||80 km/h||50 km/h|
|On “through streets” or boulevards, clear of traffic, with no ” blind corners,” when so designated||40 km/h||30 km/h|
|On city and municipal streets, with light traffic, when not designated “through streets”||30 km/h||30 km/h|
|Through crowded streets, approaching intersections at “blind corners,” passing school zones, passing other vehicles which are stationary, or for similar dangerous circumstances||20 km/h||20 km/h|
|The rates of speed hereinabove prescribed shall not apply to the following:
As of 2021[update], maximum speed limits on expressways are as follows:
Enforcement of speed limits are low in the Philippines due to lack of awareness of the mandate set by RA 4136. To address this concern, DOTr, DPWH and DILG issued a joint memorandum in 2018 addressed to Local Government Units regarding the implementation of RA 4136. The LGUs are enjoined to adopt guidelines on road classification, speed limit setting and enforcement and collection and analysis of road crash data. The United Nations Road Safety Fund has conducted training-of-trainers for law enforcement personnel who can then in turn train others in practical speed enforcement training.