Much has been said about the reimplementation of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDAs) 'no-contact apprehension policy' last Friday, April 15, 2016.
Despite doubts and questions regarding the proper enactment of the policy, the MMDA motored on and started monitoring vehicular traffic looking for violations at 8:30am last Friday. The system is manned by 30 people working on shifts within 24-hours.
Within four hours, the agency had captured 176 motorists (mostly public bus drivers) on CCTV committing various traffic violations including number coding, illegal counterflow, blocking intersections, loading and unloading in prohibited zones, disregarding traffic signs, making illegal turns, illegal overtaking, entering the yellow lane, defying the closed door policy and bus segregation scheme, among others.'
The roads monitored during the first few hours of implementation were Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), Commonwealth Avenue, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Marcos Highway, Roxas Boluevard, C5 Road, Quezon Avenue, and other major roads.
The MMDA will continue to post traffic enforcers in areas that are covered by the agency's CCTV cameras as the need arises.
Only 'moving' violations will be covered by the policy. Administrative offences like 'colorum' will not be included. All types of vehicles, including motorcycles, are covered by this policy.
"What we are after here is to instill discipline among the motorists," said MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos.