Metropolitan Manila Development Authority traffic discipline chief Francisco Manalo is seeking to increase the fines and penalties imposed upon traffic violators as a means of instilling discipline in repeat offenders.
"The traffic code has been in place since 1964, and I believe it's about time that we updated the fines and penalties," said Manalo at the recent Usapan AAP forum hosted by the Automobile Association Philippines. "A P150 fine for a defective headlight, for example, is not enough to deter a driver from operating a vehicle with one."
Manalo cited a recent trip to Singapore to attend a traffic conference on how the exorbitant penalties in the country have proven to be a deterrent among the motorists.
"They already have to pay a lot for the privilege to own a car, so to have that privilege curtailed because of the excessive fines keeps them in check," shared Manalo. "If it were just up to me, I'd immediately increase the fines and penalties, but we have to course it through Congress first before it can take effect."
So, do you believe increasing the fines--from P150 to P1,500 for a defective headlight, for instance--will turn our drivers into well-behaved motorists?