For motorists that frequently pass through Quezon City, you better be on your best behavior and follow the traffic rules. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and representatives of the local government announced that the No Contact Apprehension Program (NCAP) will be implemented starting today. The program aims to improve road safety, reduce traffic congestion, and instill traffic discipline among motorists.
The Quezon City LGU said that the implementation will begin today, October 11. There is some good news, though. For the time being, the NCAP will be on a 30-day dry-run. That means fines won't be imposed against violators caught by the program. However, once the dry-run ends, violators will be fined PHP 2,000 for the first offense, PHP 3,000-4,000 for the second offense, and PHP 5,000 for the third offense, depending on the type of violation.
“Road safety is our priority in Quezon City and with the launch of NCAP, we commit to putting the safety of our constituents first and ensure also the safety of motorists passing through the city by strictly enforcing local traffic rules and regulations at all times,” Belmonte said.
The NCAP will utilize state-of-the-art cameras to photograph and record the stickers and plate numbers of vehicles in violation of traffic rules and regulations. If caught, the system will generate a Notice of Violation or NOV, which is then sent to the QC LGU for review and approval. Once approved, the NOV will be sent to the residence of the registered owner of the vehicle within 14 days. Afterward, the owner will be given 30 days to pay their fines.
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. The QC gov't adds that it will also serve as a written warning to vehicle owners that the program is already in effect.
In addition to keeping motorists in check, the NCAP will benefit motorists by limiting face-to-face interaction with traffic enforcers, especially with the ongoing pandemic. With less interaction, the chances for corrupt practices to occur are also reduced.
Reportedly, the following stretches of road will be monitored by the Quezon City NCAP.
1. Kamias – Kalayaan
2. 13th Ave – P Tuazon
3. Tomas Morato – E Rodriguez
4. East Ave – BIR Road
5. 15th Ave – P Tuazon
6. Gilmore – E Rodriguez
7. Quirino Highway – Susano Road (Nova Bayan)
8. Quirino Highway – Zabarte Road
9. Quirino Highway – Tandang Sora (Sangandaan)
10. Aurora – Gilmore
11. Aurora – Broadway
12. Aurora – 20th Street
13. Aurora – Hemady
14. E. Rodriguez – Hemady
15. West Avenue – Baler
No contact apprehension in Quezon City might still be under a dry-run and supposedly in select streets, but that shouldn't be a reason not to follow the traffic rules and regulations. Remember, the NOVs will start arriving come November 10, 2021.