Quantcast
Latest Stories

Why MMDA giving up on uniform traffic fine rates

By

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority may have succeeded in implementing a unified traffic ticketing system for the Metro’s 16 cities and lone municipality but motorists can no longer look forward to a uniform set of rates for traffic fines and penalties.

The possibility of imposing a standard set of rates for traffic fines became a distant reality on Tuesday after MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino told reporters that it might not be feasible after all.

According to Tolentino, the impact of a traffic violation varies from area to area.

“When a vehicle stalls on Ayala Avenue for a couple of minutes, it has a significant economic impact on Makati as compared to a stalled vehicle in one of the inner streets in other cities,” he explained.

Tolentino gave other examples to illustrate his point that each city had a different view of the impact of a traffic violation on its locality as he also cited the varied tax rates being imposed by the different local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila.

He went on to say that the current system seemed to be working so there was no need to come up with a uniform rate for traffic fines.

Tolentino, however, was interested in interconnecting the database of all Metro LGUs on traffic violators to make it easier to verify a driver’s record.

After nearly two decades of discussions, the MMDA and Metro mayors finally adopted on March 1 a single-ticketing scheme instead of allowing each LGU to issue its own traffic citation ticket.

Under the new system, all local traffic bureaus now recognize citation tickets issued outside their area.

The uniform traffic ticketing system was approved following a dialogue hosted by Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and attended by representatives of transport groups such as the Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers, Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila and Suburbs Drivers Association and Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Metropolitan Manila Development Authority , MMDA , traffic fines


  • ariel_s_robles010864

    There is nothing wrong if MMDA have new form of traffic citation to be issued to traffic violation such as speeding, parking at a no parking zone, driving at the wrong lane assigned to the motorist etc, but if the MMDA personnel will confiscate the drivers license, this will be the source of corruption for sure, 100%, pattern it here in USA that they only give traffic citation to the erring drivers except if you are driving under the influenece of liqour, was involved in accident.
    Suggestion is just write a ticket and have them pay the traffic fine within certain number of days and failing to do that will be subject to arrest.
    Unless it is not implemented it will be a source of corruption instead of penalties goes to the revenue of the city or municipalities that issued the traffic citation.
    Never confiscate the drivers licenses of individual who commit trafiic violation so that the program of MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino will be a success.

  • Beersheva

    This is probably a good decision. There are many more urgent problems that needs to be tackled.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  2. SC suspends proctor in 2011 bar exams
  3. What Went Before: Enrile denies Gigi Reyes was ‘other woman’
  4. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  5. Solons seek ample protection for bank depositors
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Tragedies at sea: The Sewol and the Costa Concordia
  10. Santiago: Gigi Reyes is Enrile’s fall guy
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  8. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  9. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
Advertisement

News

  • Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken ferry in Korea
  • Aquino: ‘Doubting Thomases’ now contributing to PH recovery
  • Fire engulfs apartments in Sampaloc
  • Messy warehouse belongs to Unicef, WFP, says Soliman
  • Suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels release hostage
  • Sports

  • Warriors beat Clippers in playoff opener
  • Pacquiao top Mayweather contender
  • Rain or Shine, Ginebra clash for No. 6 spot
  • Ateneo eyes quarterfinal spot vs Benilde
  • Style contrast marks OneFC ‘Rise of Heroes’
  • Lifestyle

  • Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  • Simplifying and lightening life
  • Where to go for Easter night-out
  • Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  • Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  • Entertainment

  • Show-biz celebrities’ other choices of summer getaway
  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Business

  • Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café
  • Connecting and transacting with one another
  • Building wealth for health
  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement