MMDA, LTO ink pact to speed up data-sharing on traffic violations
MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) have inked an agreement interconnecting the two agencies’ data system in a bid to speed-up sharing of information on traffic violations and apprehensions.
MMDA Chairman Romando Artes and LTO chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante signed a memorandum of agreement which establishes the LTO-MMDA System Interconnectivity Project, ensuring daily data-sharing between MMDA’s data systems and LTO’s Land Transport Management System (LTMS).
MMDA and LTO signed a Memorandum of Agreement that will interconnect data systems of both agencies to quickly identify drivers and their vehicles involved in multiple traffic violations.FEATURED STORIES
— Official MMDA (@MMDA) June 29, 2022
“The data-sharing accord will bolster the two agencies’ law enforcement and traffic apprehension functions via more active and timely data-sharing and will help boost road safety by swiftly identifying and weeding out drivers and vehicles involved in multiple violations and traffic incidents,” the MMDA said in a statement on Wednesday.
LTO’s LTMS is a digitized and client-based data repository which holds driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations, and vehicle safety inspection records.
It is also “interconnected to allied parties like vehicle sellers, insurance companies and government agencies like the Government Service Insurance System and Bureau of Customs,” the MMDA said.
Artes said that traffic enforcement and apprehension systems will be more “efficient,” saying access to pertinent LTO records will be in “real-time.”
“This will allow the MMDA to more swiftly determine the ownership and address of vehicle owners caught by its non-contact apprehension (NCAP) system, so the parties involved can be informed and their violations settled,” he said.
The MMDA said the NCAP system will be enhanced as traffic violators will receive a text or email regarding their violations to serve as “advance notification.” Violators, however, will still receive printed notices for the complete details of the apprehension.
In 2016, MMDA implemented the NCAP policy to identify traffic violators, utilizing CCTV, and digital cameras to apprehend traffic violators through captured images and videos, MMDA said.
The LTO, for its part, said that apprehensions and violations recorded by MMDA will be enrolled into the drivers’ information in LTMS.
“With this agreement, we can quickly pinpoint drivers committing multiple traffic violations resulting in the suspension of their licenses and their mandatory training on road safety and traffic rules,” Galvante said.
“Drivers with violations will be prevented from receiving the new 10-year licenses that are now being granted by the LTO,” he added. — Iliana Padigos, INQUIRER.net intern
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