Quick guide: How to contest a no-contact apprehension notice of violation

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by TopGear.com.ph | Jul 4, 2022
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The doorbell rings, and there’s a courier waiting outside. You go out to receive the parcel—but instead of your latest online shopping purchase, what’s this? A notice of violation (NOV) generated by a no-contact apprehension system?

Several local government units and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are already implementing no-contact apprehension programs (NCAP), so if you’re caught on camera violating traffic laws, you’ll receive an NOV that you’ll have to settle within a set number of days depending on the issuing body. If you disagree with the violation, however, you can proceed to contest it and have it reversed.

Here’s how to contest a no contact apprehension notice of violation:

1) Quezon City

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Quezon City began the full implementation of its NCAP on July 1, at these 15 intersections.

If you want to contest an NOV issued by the Quezon City NCAP, you have to file a protest within 10 days of receiving the NOV. You can download a copy of the Protest Form here.

Accomplish the Protest Form and have it notarized, then submit it to the Quezon City Traffic Adjudication Board, located on the second floor of the Department of Public Order and Safety Building inside the Quezon City Hall.

If you violated a traffic law due to an emergency, follow the instructions above, then submit along with your proof of emergency during the cited violation.

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2) Manila City

An NOV issued by the Manila City NCAP may be contested by filing a notarized complaint to the Manila Traffic Adjudication Boad (MTAB) within 10 days of receiving the NOV. Use this Complaint Form.

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The MTAB will then notify you of the date and time of the hearing, if necessary. If you miss the hearing, the MTAB shall render judgment based on available evidence.

If you violated a traffic law due to an emergency, follow the instructions above, then submit along with your proof of emergency during the cited violation.

In addition, Manila City recently announced that a copy of an NOV may now be requested via email. For the full guide, click here.

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3) Parañaque City

For motorists who want to contest an NOV under the the Parañaque City NCAP, the local government requires the submission of a notarized objection to the Parañaque Traffic Adjudication Board (PTAB) within five days of receiving the NOV. Download a copy of the Objection Form here.

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The PTAB will then notify you of the date and time of the hearing, if necessary. If you miss the hearing, the PTAB shall render judgment based on available evidence.

If you violated a traffic law due to an emergency, follow the instructions above, then submit along with your proof of emergency during the cited violation.

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4) Valenzuela City

If you receive an NOV from the Valenzuela City NCAP and would like to contest it, you may submit a notarized appeal to the Valenzuela City Traffic Violation Adjudication Committee (VCTVAC) within five days of receiving the NOV. Use this Appeal Form.

The VCTVAC will then notify you of the date and time of the hearing, if necessary. If you miss the hearing, the VCTVAC shall render judgment based on available evidence.

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If you violated a traffic law due to an emergency, follow the instructions above, then submit along with your proof of emergency during the cited violation.

5) MMDA

If your NOV comes from the MMDA itself, you may file a protest to the MMDA Traffic Adjudication Division (TAD) within seven days of receiving the notice. If you fail to do so, the MMDA shall take is as a waiver of your right to contest the violation.

If the TAD rejects your appeal, you may file a Motion for Reconsideration within 15 days of receiving the rejection. If this is also denied, you may lodge an appeal at the Office of the Chairman within 30 days of receiving the denial. The Office of the Chairman’s decision shall be final and executory.

For our guide on settling MMDA fines, click these blue words.

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