More and more cities in Metro Manila are switching to no-contact apprehension (NCAP) amidst the new normal. This means instead of traffic enforcers flagging down erring motorists, video and photographic evidence will be used from traffic cameras around the city in order to observe and catch drivers in the act.
After conducting a dry-run of its own NCAP system late last year, the Quezon City (QC) government has announced that it will fully implement the no-contact apprehension system starting July 1, 2022.
Just like the dry-run, the new system will make use of state-of-the-art cameras to photograph and record the stickers and plate numbers of vehicles found violating traffic rules and regulations in the city. If caught, the system will generate a Notice of Violation (NOV) which will be sent to the QC LGU for review and approval. The NOV will include a photograph with a timestamp of the vehicle in the place where the violation was committed, and corresponding details relevant to the violation cited After that’s done, the NOV will be sent to the address of the registered owner of the vehicle within 14 days. The owner/violator will then be given 30 days to pay their fines.
Fail to pay the fine after 30 days, and the QC LGU will impose an additional surcharge of 5% of the fine each month until it’s fully paid. The city will provide the LTO with a list of those who have not paid the fine and will also instruct the LTO to put an alarm on the registration of the vehicle. This will prevent a motorist from renewing a vehicle’s registration until full payment of the fines and surcharges are made.
But how can you know if you actually committed a traffic violation while driving in QC? You can log on to the Quezon City no-contact apprehension website and check if you have any pending fines/violations. Just type in your plate number and see if you need to settle any traffic violations. When it comes to paying the traffic fines, you can either pay via online means, over-the-counter at banks and other accredited payment outlets, or visit the QC City Hall and go to the Department of Public Order & Safety (DPOS) Building in order to settle your fines.
If you frequently drive to and around QC and don’t want to be caught violating traffic rules and regulations, you best be on your best behavior and always follow the traffic rules.