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Monday, August 19, 2019

Unified penalty rates for traffic violations pushed

THE national government agencies and Metro Manila mayors agreed Monday to come up with a unified ticketing system for traffic violations.

In a statement, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said this was reached after a special meeting of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) and Inter-agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT).

The local chief executives committed to pass uniform ordinances on traffic violation fines and penalties, DOTr said.

The MMDA, Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) also agreed to modify their rates, it added.

"This initiative is consistent with the government’s move to establish a single traffic authority through the i-ACT, which aims to centralize and solidify traffic enforcement in Metro Manila under one chain of command. Among the goals of the i-ACT is to get LGUs (local government units) to eventually agree on a single ticketing system," the department said.

In the current set-up, the MMDA, LGUs, LTO, and LTFRB have different rates for different traffic violations. Apprehended motorists would have to pay different fines, depending on who flagged them and where.

Different agencies were able to come up with an agreement following a workshop conducted by the i-Act with LGU traffic managers last Friday.

This cooperation between the national government and the LGUs is seen as a positive move towards addressing traffic and transportation issues in the metropolis, DOTr said. (SDR/Sunnex)
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