Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Brent Co | posted April 14, 2016 12:42
Summons to be sent to vehicle owner, operator
Starting tomorrow, Friday, April 15, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will re-implement the no-contact apprehension policy. With the no-contact policy in place, the agency will send summons or notice to the vehicle’s owner or operator to identify the driver of the vehicle during the time the traffic violation was captured by the CCTV (close circuit television) camera. The MMDA assures that motorists who will be cited for traffic violations in the scheme will be afforded ample time to contest the infractions.
When a violation is captured on camera, a notice will be sent to the owner or operator via MMDA personel or through a registered courier service. Listed in the notice is the date, time, location, traffic violation and penalty of said driver. Upon recieving the notice, the owner or operator of the vehicle must identify the driver, along with his or her address. Refusal of the notices with no valid reason shall be deemed recieved by the violating owner or operator and the courier will be submitting an affidavit of service attesting to the fact that the violator refuses to accept the notice.
The MMDA adds that it also contains a statement that the motorist has the right to contest before the MMDA-Traffic Adjudication Division (TAD) within seven days upon receipt of the summons. A final notice will be sent on the seventh day to remind the owner or operator of the fine. Fines must be paid within seven days after recieving the summons and will be settled at the Collection Division of the MMDA Central Office, located at EDSA corner Orense street in Guadalupe.
The driver may still file a motion for reconsideration (MR) within 15 days from receipt of the adverse TAD resolution. If denied, the driver may file an appeal 30 days after owner or operator recives the reciept of denia. Final appeals are to be adressed before the Office of the Chairman. The chairman's decision is final and executory.
If the violator fails to pay the fine after seven days, the MMDA will include the vehicle license plate in the Alarm list and will be forwarded to the Land Transportation Office. The driver will not be able to renew the vehicle registration until the fines are settled.