Ever encountered conflicting ordinances in different cities across Metro Manila?
You get a ticket and your license is confiscated in one city and if you have the misfortune of committing another violation in a different city, you get cited for that violation including driving without a license.
As absurd as that may sound, it actually happens a lot to motorists in Metro Manila.
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.
To finally put an end to all of this, the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT), composed of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), as well as the Metro Manila Council (MMC) have finally committed to pass uniform ordinances on traffic violation fines and penalties.
The I-ACT met with LGU traffic managers earlier today and have come to an agreement to sort out conflicting local ordinances and integrate it with existing national laws for a more uniform implementation of traffic rules and regulations around the country.
“We need to have a unified traffic approach in Metro Manila,” said DOTr Assistant Secretary for Land Transportation Mark De Leon.
The result is the resolution to form a unified ticketing system that will impose common fines and penalties for various violations while also enabling better coordination between traffic officials of different cities across the metro. This aims to centralize and solidify traffic enforcement in Metro Manila under one chain of command. Pedning the resolution, the group has yet to announce when and how the single ticketing system will be implemented.
Besides the single ticketing system, the group also hopes to discuss the formation of an integrated traffic management system, it will be submitted for approval to the Metro Manila Council, which is composed of mayors of the cities and municipalities in Metro Manila.
“We must consider how the traffic affects neighboring cities. We are currently focused on decongesting EDSA. Thus, we need the support of the LGUs in opening secondary roads along EDSA,” said I-ACT Chief Sr. Supt. Antonio Gardiola Jr.