Every day, there are numerous numbers of traffic violations. No matter how people try to avoid these things, the road has always been an avenue for unintentional violations. At times, it is almost impossible for local authorities to catch every single one. It is this reason why some local governments have set up their own No Contact Apprehension Programs.
With the aim to assure the safety of road users, the non-contact or no contact policy comprises digital cameras and/or other gadgets or technology to capture videos and images, this is monitored by personnel through closed-circuit televisions (CCTV). Images/videos from violators of traffic laws, rules, and regulations in cities with jurisdictions are accurately captured so they can be dealt with accordingly.
To date, only the following cities have set up the said program:
Check out the contactless apprehension portals to these cities through these respective links:
- Manila City
- Parañaque City
- Quezon City
- Valenzuela City
- Cauayan City
- Province of Bataan
- Mandaue City doesn’t seem to have a link yet.
These sites may look entirely different from each other but they work in pretty much the same way. You will be asked to input the vehicle’s plate number or quick conduction sticker to see if you have any pending violations.
Hoes does Contactless Apprehension work?
The program was conceptualized to supplement the presence of MMDA Traffic Enforcers and is designed to catch moving violations.
The MMDA personnel monitoring the CCTV will search for the motor vehicle records of violators in coordination with the Land Transportation Office – Information Query Facility (LTO-IQF).
For private owners of vehicles, notices are sent thru registered mail via Philpost. For buses, the bus company’s liaison officer may pick up the summons in the MMDA’s Records Division.
The violator may pay either in the MMDA Main Office, SM Bills Payment, LBC, or accredited Bayad Centers nationwide.
If you are the registered owner and the current owner hasn’t processed the vehicle’s transfer of registration yet, here’s what you need to know to not be penalized for a violation you did not commit.
- As a registered owner, you must identify the driver of the vehicle registered under your name at the time and place indicated in the notice.
- It is the responsibility of the current owner to have the vehicle registered under his/her name.
- Visit the No-Contact Office at the MMDA main building, Makati City, and show a notarized Deed of Sale as evidence, as well as the name and address of the current owner.
Refusal to receive the Summon
- Refusal to receive the summon without any valid reason shall still be considered as received.
- The MMDA enforcer will leave a copy and submit an affidavit of service or report to acknowledge receipt of the Summon and attest to the refusal of the traffic violator.
When should a driver settle his/her violation?
A grace period of seven days upon receipt of the first summons shall be given to settle the allocated fines. If a protest is filed before the MMDA TAD, the fines shall be paid at the Collection Division of the MMDA Central Office.
Failure to settle the fines or penalty
If this happens, the vehicle license plate number shall be included in the Alarm list and be reported to the LTO with a request that its registration not be renewed until the penalties or fines are fully settled.
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