Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: MMDA | posted February 17, 2016 09:53
MMDA to make No Physical Contact policy permanent by March
The days of bribing or running away from a traffic enforcer to avoid being cited for a violation are numbered.
Beginning March 2016, the Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will make the 'No Physical Contact' policy a standard operating procedure for all moving violations.
The decision was made by the MMDA's policy-making body, the Metro Manila Council, which is composed mainly of mayors of the 17 local government units in the National Capital Region.
As a trial policy, its was seen to be successful in dealing with moving traffic violations on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City and Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard when it was implemented in 2011.
The policy requires the use of closed circuit television (CCTV) to capture images and videos of moving traffic violations. Motorists caught in violation of traffic rules and regulations will be summoned.
A minor change in the 'No Physical Contact' policy will now allow motorists to contest the violation before the Traffic Adjucation Division (TAD) within seven days upon receipt of the notice before paying the fine.
If proven innocent, the motorist need not pay the fine.
The MMDA will install an additional 160 CCTV cameras to the existing 400 already in the network and will be concentrating on catching moving traffic violations on EDSA and C-5.
"There had been piles of summons regarding the violations caught with the No Physical Contact Policy on my desk which proves its effectiveness. When there is contact, constables will have to chase after the motorists before they could issue them receipts, there's a possibility that violators will escape unlike when there is no contact, violations are captured through videos, then you'll only need to review them," said MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos.
Traffic enforcers of the MMDA will still manage areas not covered by the CCTV network.
Carlos stressed that the policy will only focus on moving violations.
The permanent implementation of the 'No Physical Contact' policy will begin in March 2016.