Council approves unified ticketing system for traffic violations
There may be higher penalties, too.
(SPOT.ph) The Metropolitan Manila Council has approved the proposal to implement a unified ticketing system for traffic violations committed by motorists in Metro Manila. Under the system, all concerned government agencies will hand out a standardized violation ticket for various traffic offenses, ABS-CBN reported.
The current ticketing system shows discrepancies, particularly when it comes to rates and penalties. This all depends on whether you were flagged down by a city’s local government unit, a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority constable, or another government officer.
In line with this, the Manila Bulletin reported that the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic is planning to raise traffic fines. “There will be an increase of penalty into maximum allowable fine based on local government code,” I-ACT head Chief Supt. Antonio Gardiola said. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Land Transportation Office, and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board have also earlier agreed to adjust their ticket rates.
The unified ticketing system was discussed during the Metropolitan Manila Council (MMC) meeting on Monday, October 17 which mainly tackled the official rolling out of the “no window hours” policy this week. The government has seen a slight improvement in travel time, but some motorists see other possible solutions, based on this poll by Top Gear Philippines. So far, at least 100 motorists have been caught violating the new policy on its first day. Last week, around 2,400 were caught by authorities during its dry run.