It was early January of 2015 when the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) first discussed the proposal of instituting a roadside court that will with deal erring traffic enforcers and investigate cases of extortion.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said the agency will consult the 17 mayors that make up their policy-making body, the Metro Manila Council (MMC), before bringing it up with the Technical Working Group composed of members of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Land Transportation Office (LTO), PNP-Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) next month.
“We are considering this project. We have to discuss this in the next meeting,” said Carlos.
The roadside courts will be situated in five strategic areas namely Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), Circumferential Road-5, Quirino Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue and Roxas Boulevard.
Created with the primary goal of resolving extortion issues versus traffic enforcers, the roadside courts may also accept complaints from MMDA personnel regarding bribery by motorists.
The roadside courts will be open until late at night and will be composed of receiving clerks and hearing officers who must decide on complaints by aggrieved parties based on the evidence presented within the day of the filing.
An appeal on the verdict can be filed within a period of 15 days after it is released.
In line with this, the MMDA is also encouraging the public to use video cameras in order to capture traffic enforcers in the act of committing illegal activities.
Also, the MMDA is considering to bring back the ‘no contact policy’ by utilizing the hundreds of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed all over Metro Manila but this is all contingent on the approval of the MMC.