Motorists who have been tagged with traffic violations through the No-Contact Apprehension Program (NCAP) can now breathe a temporary sigh of relief with their registration woes.
A week after the Supreme Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in the implementation of NCAP, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has now temporarily deactivated the alarm tags of vehicles with existing NCAP violations.
This order now allows motorists to renew their LTO registration without any additional fees or fines caused by the no-contact apprehensions done by local government units (LGUs) on their vehicles.
However, as we've mentioned, this is only a temporary directive since there is still a pending Supreme Court decision or resolution regarding the constitutional validity of NCAP.
“In the event the Supreme Court will affirm the validity of NCAP, the alarms shall be re-tagged in our system, and the fines/penalties shall be reflected and/or applied during the next renewal for registration” said LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Teofilo Guadiz III.
As we all know, various LGUs have previously implemented NCAP in their respective areas. Now that the LTO has issued the temporary directive, three LGUs have already processed the deactivation of alarm tags on apprehended vehicles. These include Paranaque City's 93,083 alarms, Bataan with 7,601 alarms, and Quezon City with 1,190. We should expect more LGUs to comply in the coming days.