Heads up, drivers! If you still haven’t heard about it yet, the government is planning to combine all data and systems involved in traffic law enforcement in NCR to simplify the process of apprehending and punishing negligent drivers through a single ticketing system.
The National Capital Region’s “one ticketing system” is currently being developed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the 17 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila.
According to MMDA interim chairman Romando Artes, the agencies have convened technical working group meetings to enforce interconnection and interoperability across the LGUs in Metro Manila.
According to a statement from the LTO, the STS will establish uniform and precise rules for violations like disobeying traffic signs, illegal parking (both attended and unattended), reckless driving, driving without a license, driving an unregistered vehicle, overspeeding, illegal counterflow, number coding violations, and obstruction.
“Inilatag din sa pulong ang mahigpit na pagpapa-iral ng tricycle ban lalo na sa national highway at kaukulang speed limit ng mga ito, gayundin ang truck ban at light truck ban,” the LTO said.
The MMDA, on the other hand, wants to add violations like motorcycle riders failing to wear a helmet or using a substandard helmet.
The agencies have also suggested raising the fines for anyone who violate traffic laws. The new method would make it simpler for violators to pay their fines through Bayad Centers or through mobile applications.
“If someone was caught and given a single ticket, it will be honored by all agencies as part of the single ticketing system,” LTO chief Art Jay Tugade said in Filipino.
The head of the technical working group, Noreen San Luis-Lutey, added: “Wala na pong confiscation of license, ang LGU ay hindi na kukuha ng mga lisensya. Bagkos, yung mga mahuhuli po ay naka-tag na po sa LTO.”
According to the plan, the fine for failing to wear a helmet will increase from P1,000 to P1,500. The penalty for wearing an unauthorized helmet is P3,000.
The TWG is also looking at the penalties for motorcycle backriders who are barefoot, wearing sandals, or slippers.
Drivers who load and unload in prohibited zones will now incur a P1,000 fine rather than P500. There will be a P1,000 fine for exceeding the speed limit while the fine for unauthorized counterflow violations ranges from P2,000 to P5,000.
Number coding and traffic sign offenders will be charged P500. Also, drivers who will argue with traffic cops will also be fined.
In order to submit information to the LTO about traffic violators caught by the MMDA, the MMDA has integrated its system with the LTO.
In a recent interview with Radyo 5, Artes stated in Filipino that “We’re already implementing it at the MMDA; there is interconnectivity with the LTO.”
He stated that if the fines for the traffic violations are not paid, the LTO will prevent the renewal of licenses or car registrations when the MMDA uploads the information of traffic violators into the system. Artes also emphasized the significance of the LTO and Metro Manila LGUs’ interconnectivity.
He added that mayors are “extremely supportive” of the concept for interconnection and a common ticketing system for violators, including those of communities that enforce particular traffic laws or their own schedule of the number coding method.
The unified ticketing system for traffic offences will also be proposed for statewide implementation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), according to Artes.
“We’ve been in talks with the DILG. Once its implementation is done correctly in Metro Manila, Secretary (Benhur) Abalos said it would be rolled out in different parts of the Philippines,” Artes said in Filipino.
Source: PhilStar, GMA News