What happens if I'm late in paying my MMDA fine?

What are the consequences?
by Robby Consunji | Apr 21, 2019
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If you are late in paying for the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) fine, you cannot renew your driver’s license or your motor vehicle registration depending on the manner of apprehension.  

If an enforcement officer apprehended you and you fail to pay the fine, your driver’s license cannot be renewed. If you fail to pay the fine under the contact apprehension, your motor vehicle registration cannot be renewed. 

Identify whether the violation ticket was issued by MMDA or by your local or city traffic enforcers. Were you apprehended or was it a no-contact apprehension?  

The MMDA provides for a step-by-step procedure for settling MMDA traffic violations whether through contact apprehension (by the MMDA traffic enforcer) or through the No Contact Apprehension Policy. The procedure for settling and paying your MMDA traffic violations fine and penalties is almost the same for no contact apprehension and contact apprehension. The most significant difference is how you will receive the violation ticket, since in the No Contact Apprehension Policy, instead of traffic violation tickets issued by MMDA traffic enforcers, a notice of traffic violation will be sent to you thru registered mail.  

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For MMDA traffic violations issued to you directly by the MMDA traffic enforcers, you may still settle the fine at any MMDA main office, SM Bills payment, LBC and/ or other accredited Bayad Centers within seven (7) days from the issuance of the violation ticket. But if it has been issued for more than seven (7) days and you are within Metro Manila, you will need to settle your penalty charges at the MMDA Redemption Office located at EDSA corner Orense Street, Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City. 

This only applies if you have three (3) or less accumulated traffic violations, because according to MMDA procedures, if you have more than three (3) unpaid traffic violations, you are required to attend the Traffic Academy and secure a Certificate of Attendance which you will need before you can pay the total amount of your accumulated violations. 

In case you have any disputes/ contentions on your violation/s, you may proceed to the MMDA Traffic Adjudication Division. Otherwise, you may proceed to pay the total amount of your violation and process for the clearing of your violation/s. 

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On the other hand, for apprehension under No Contact Apprehension Policy, a violation ticket will not be issued on the spot. The No Contact Traffic Apprehension uses closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to capture videos and images of motor vehicles along roads within the implementation of the policy. Once a traffic violation was recorded and captured, MMDA will coordinate with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to search the records of the motor vehicle and identify the registered owner of the motor vehicle recorded to have violated a traffic rule/ regulation. The registered owner is the actual legal owner of a motor vehicle, in whose name such vehicle is duly registered with the Land Transportation Commission. 

The registered owner of the apprehended motor vehicle will be sent a summons instead of traffic violation tickets issued by MMDA traffic enforcers. This first Notice will be sent through registered mail, it should indicate the recorded / captured violation, date, time, and place where the violation was committed. If at the time the violation was recorded the registered owner is not the driver of the motor vehicle, he/she is required to identify the driver at the time and place indicated in the Notice, as well as his/her address.  

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In case the motor vehicle is still registered in the name of the previous owner and the previous owner receives the Notice, he or she may present to the No-Contact Office of the MMDA a notarized deed of sale as evidence and provide the name and address of the current owner of the motor vehicle.  

Similar to a ticket violation issued by MMDA Enforcers, traffic violators under the No Contact Apprehension Policy are given seven (7) days from receipt of the First Notice to pay and settle his/ her violation/s in the MMDA accredited payment centers. Traffic Violators may also file a protest before the MMDA- Traffic Adjudication Division (TAD) within seven (7) days from receipt of the First Notice, failure to do so is a waiver of the right to contest the violation. If no protest or payment was made within the seven (7) period, a Final Notice to settle the violation shall be issued.   

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Failure to settle and pay traffic violation fines or penalties may result in issues during vehicle registration. The MMDA will include the vehicle license plate number in the alarm list, and report it to the LTO requesting that until the penalties and fines are fully settled the registration of the motor vehicle should not be renewed. 

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