The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is upgrading its methods of issuing traffic citations to errant motorists. Just recently, LTO-NCR West conducted field testing of a new handheld device for the agency's Law Enforcement Traffic Adjudication System.

Called the Electronic Temporary Operator's Permit (ETOP), it simplifies the process of issuing traffic violation citation, as well as lessens direct physical contact between a driver and enforcer amid the pandemic. In addition, the ETOP system can also be used to check if a driver's license is legitimate or fake via verification.

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Via the ETOP system, the violator's driver's license is simply scanned with the ETOP device. This allows the enforcer to access all of the relevant information about the driver. Afterward, the violation can be digitally put in and a traffic violation receipt is immediately printed and issued to the driver. The erring motorists can then pay the fine at LTO accredited electronic payment centers.

Once the new system is fully deployed, the LTO expects that it will streamline the overly tedious and time-consuming manual ticket-writing method currently being used. The LTO added that it takes around 15 – 20 minutes for handwritten citations to be completed. But with the ETOP process, enforcers can run the data, and issue a traffic citation in as little 5 to 10 minutes.

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Erring motorists that need to settle their fines can do so through electronic payment channels like GCash, Bancnet, BPI Online, and Unionbank Online. A payment confirmation with the electronic official receipt shall be automatically sent in the registered email address. Accordingly, the traffic violation will be automatically settled and lifted upon payment.

With confirmed cases still on the rise, LTO's new ETOP system could help lessen the chances of people transmitting the disease. What's more, this new system will allow motorists to pay their fines through electronic means instead of having to go to LTO offices to settle them.