LTO Chief orders suspension of NCAP apprehension alarm tagging to allow registration of vehicles

Land Transportation Office (LTO) Assistant Secretary Teofilio Guadiz III further expressed his dismay over the controversial NCAP of LGUs.

Guadiz has now ordered his agency through a memorandum to allow the registration of motor vehicles and motorcycles despite having apprehension alarms via the much-debated No Contact Apprehension Policy (NCAP) of LGUs and the MMDA. In the issuance, it cited that provisions of Republic Act 10930 that amended the Land Transportation Code are not being observed in the implementation of the NCAP by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and local government units (LGUs). 

In a statement earlier this week, the new LTO Chief urged LGUs to suspend the program and iron out pending issues before its application.

“Pending development of a uniform guideline for the implementation of NCAP by LGUs and MMDA, alarm tagging access of the LGUs and MMDA against vehicles is hereby deactivated temporarily,” said the memorandum issued by Guadiz.

The LTO Management Information Division has likewise been instructed to make adjustments in its system to allow the registration of motor vehicles that have violations in relation to NCAP.

LGUs have likewise agreed in principle to make adjustments to their respective NCAP policies following public outcry from motorists and transport stakeholders according to the LTO.

While there are available options to contest the alleged apprehensions, the process is usually tedious and time-consuming as revealed in our earlier report on an apprehension trap in Quezon City where the LGU made adjustments to the said intersection where their traffic barriers were blocking safe access to a proper turn.