Why MMDA giving up on uniform traffic fine rates



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.

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  • 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.

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