If SC lifts TRO, single-ticketing system ready for NCAP — Francis Zamora
MANILA, Philippines — The single ticketing system in Metro Manila is ready to synchronize with the no-contact apprehension policy (NCAP) should the Supreme Court (SC) lift its suspension, San Juan City Mayor and Metro Manila Council (MMC) president Francis Zamora said Wednesday.
To recall, the single-ticketing system — set to be implemented by Metro Manila cities by the end of April — centralizes traffic fines, allowing them to be paid through online payment methods regardless of where they are, while NCAP is a system that allows contactless apprehension of traffic violations through CCTVs and other gadgets.
“Just in case the SC lifts the TRO (temporary restraining order) and gives go sa NCAP ‘yung [single ticketing] system na ito ay NCAP-ready (this single ticketing system is NCAP-ready),” said Zamora in a public forum pertaining to the synchronization of the two systems.
When asked if the NCAP will retain its own fines, Zamora clarified that it would have to adjust to the centralized fines under the single-ticketing system provided by the new Metro Manila Traffic Code.
“Theoretically, dapat ‘yung fines na nakapaloob doon sa NCAP ay magadjust to the single-ticketing system fines, kasi magiging confusing ‘yun eh,” said Zamora.
(Theoretically, the fines contained in the NCAP should be adjusted to the single-ticketing system fines because that would be confusing.)
He explained that not doing so would defeat the purpose of the single-ticketing system.
However, Zamora said that the MMC would still have to discuss the implementation of NCAP first once the SC decides to lift its suspension.
It was on August 30, 2022, when the highest court issued a TRO on NCAP due to a consolidated petition by transportation groups.
Oral arguments on NCAP were then resumed by the SC on Jan. 23.