Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: MMDA | posted March 31, 2016 18:50
MMDA to use CCTV cameras to monitor motorists committing traffic violations
It won't just be the traffic constables that traffic violators have to worry about as the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will begin using closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras along major roadways to apprehend traffic violators starting April 15, 2016.
According to the MMDA, they have already installed an additional 250 cameras around the metro. They are currently adjusting them to better see plates from afar and monitor hot spots for traffic violations. Another 100 cameras are also on their way. Footage will be used to catch illegally parked cars, motorists blocking the yellow box, reckless drivers and illegal unloading of passengers as such.
A group of fifteen individuals will be monitoring the footage from the cameras at the MMDA Metrobase. The agency will then send a ticket to the registered vehicle owner's residence if they are caught committing traffic violations.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos stated that the new CCTV cameras will add to the existing 400 cameras that are already in place in Metro Manila.
Apart from the CCTV cameras, traffic constables can also use mobile and digital cameras to document traffic violations on the road. This method is thought to minimize confrontation between the two parties and minimize traffic. In addition, this new standard operating procedure (S.O.P.) will reduce cases of bribery or extortion, according to MMDA.
Last March, the MMDA revived the no-contact apprehension policy as a way to deal with moving traffic violations. Motorists suspected of committing a traffic violation can contest before the Traffic Adjudication Division (TAD) within seven days upon notice before paying the the fine. If found innocent, the motorist won't have to pay a fine.