As of early 2022, some cities in Metro Manila were already implementing their respective No Contact Apprehension or NCAP program. While the intention was good, NCAP was not without its problems and met with much criticism from the motoring public and some lawmakers.
On August 30, 2022, the The Supreme Court of the Philippines has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against NCAP – effectively end him and all his forms in the meantime.
Manila Metro Single Ticketing System (STS)
NCAP has opened a Pandora’s box so to speak. It has come to the attention of the motoring public that the current traffic management system that different Local Government Units (LGUs) implement is often confusing and in most cases prescribes exorbitant penalties, and this does not Didn’t help that the LGUs also confiscated the driver’s license of traffic offenders even if they were not legally allowed to do so.
This led the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to propose a single ticketing system across the entire metro, which would also lead to the streamlining of traffic rules and penalties in the NCR.
Just recently, the MMDA, in conjunction with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and LGU representatives, hosted a Technical Working Group (TWG) workshop that discusses the establishment of an STS in Metro Manila. During the TWG, traffic violations such as disobeying road signs (DTS), illegal parking, reckless driving, driving without a license, driving an unregistered vehicle, speeding, illegal cross-drafting, digital coding and obstruction were particularly discussed as these are the most common. traffic offenses of motorists, according to statistics.
Additionally, the strict enforcement of RA 10054, or the Motorcycle Helmets Act of 2009, was discussed, particularly in relation to the use of substandard helmets and helmets by many motorcyclists. If it will be aligned with the LTO, the penalty for wearing a substandard helmet, for example: a bicycle helmet while riding a motorcycle, would be a penalty of PHP 3,000.
According to the new head of the LTO, Atty. Jay Art Tugade, all stakeholders will be consulted and the program will not be implemented without their input.
“Rest assured that all stakeholders will be consulted and their input will be taken into account so that we can properly implement this [STS] program,” says Tugade in Filipino.
The proposed STS will certainly face many challenges, especially with regard to streamlining the system, but the new head of LTO added that he is confident that these will soon be resolved and looks forward to implementation. complete early next year. Additionally, with the STS in place, it is quite possible that LGU traffic officers will also be supplemented by the LTO, and will therefore use the latter’s Temporary Operator Permit (TOP) ticket instead of their receipt. violation of order (OVR), but nothing has been finalized yet.