The Metro Manila Council, the association of the Mayors, Congressmen, and other agency heads of all the cities and municipalities in the NCR, has agreed to the proposal to increase the maximum fine for traffic violations from PhP 2,500 to PhP 5,000.

This was announced by Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Thomas Orbos and concurred with by the head of the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), PNP-HPG Gen. Antonio Gardiola, at the press conference of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) outlining their accomplishments since taking office 100 days ago. The briefing was presided over by DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade together with all Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries in attendance.

Orbos said that the previous maximum fine of PhP 2,500 for traffic violations was insufficient to deter erring motorists to cease violating motoring-related rules and regulations derived from RA 4136. During the last meeting of the Metro Manila Council on October 5 they had agreed -in principle- to raise the maximum fine in order to dissuade motorists from violating the rules.

During the press briefing, the DOTr also released the latest numbers with regards to traffic violations, as they have apprended 171,550 traffic violators. Of that number 28,064 are from Metro Manila while 143,323 are from other regions. Undersecretary Anneli Lontoc said that the majority of the violations were by PUV drivers.

DOTr Sec. Tugade indicated that the number has since increased significantly since the presentation was made.