Single-ticketing dry run beneficial to enforcers

Photo | MMDA

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority acting chairperson Atty. Don Artes viewed the dry run of the single-ticketing system is beneficial to the traffic enforcers both from the agency and the 17 local government units as they would be familiarized with the system.

Artes said that it will also serve as an opportunity to address technical glitches that may arise, especially that the system would be online and would be connected to the information and technology system of the Land Transportation Office.

Under the single ticketing system, it will be easier for traffic violators in NCR to settle their penalties through Bayad Centers all over the country or through mobile apps.

The MMDA chief said that seven local government units in Metro Manila have signified their interest to have the dry-run in their areas
— San Juan, Muntinlupa, Quezon City, Valenzuela, Parañaque, Manila and Caloocan.

On the other hand, San Juan City Mayor and Metro Manila Council president Francis Zamora said that the MMC is targeting the implementation of the single ticketing system by the end of April this year.

“We are targeting the end of April for its implementation. Under the single ticketing system, authorities will no longer confiscate the driver’s licenses of violators, the 20 common violations will be having standardized fines, and lastly and for me is the most important to the public, if ever you have committed a violation, you may now pay your fine anywhere in the Philippines through digital payment platforms,” Zamora said.

“So we do not have to go to the city hall of the city where we committed the violation anymore to pay our fine. Wherever we may be in the Philippines, we have a chance to settle our fine and this is the biggest convenience the public may experience under the system especially those who live in far flung areas. For example, you live in Ilocos or Bicol and you committed a traffic violation in Manila, you no longer have to go back to the city to pay,” he added.

On 2 March, the MMC said that it was eyeing the first or second week of April this year as a dry run period for the implementation of the single-ticketing system for all traffic violations in the National Capital Region.

Manila Traffic Code of 2023 will provide for a system of interconnectivity among government instrumentalities involved in the transport and traffic management in the metropolis with harmonized fines and penalties.

Around 20 common traffic violations are covered by the single-ticketing system.

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