Monday, October 17, 2016
i-ACT and Metro Manila Mayors Agree on Unified Rates for Traffic Violations
In a show of cooperation, national government agencies and Metro Manila mayors agreed to come up with a unified ticketing system for traffic violations.
In a special meeting of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) and Inter-agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT) earlier today, local chief executives committed to pass uniform ordinances on traffic violation fines and penalties. The MMDA, Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) also agreed to modify their rates.
This initiative is consistent with the government’s move to establish a single traffic authority through the i-ACT, which aims to centralize and solidify traffic enforcement in Metro Manila under one chain of command. Among the goals of the i-ACT is to get LGUs to eventually agree on a single ticketing system.
In the current set-up, the MMDA, LGUs, LTO, and LTFRB have different rates for different traffic violations. Apprehended motorists would have to pay different fines, depending on who flagged them and where.
Different agencies were able to come up with an agreement following a workshop conducted by the i-Act with LGU traffic managers last Friday.
This cooperation between the national government and the LGUs is seen as a positive move towards addressing traffic and transportation issues in the metropolis.