Lawmakers have proposed the creation of a unified traffic violation ticketing system that will be applied nationwide.
Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo and Diwa Party-list Rep. Emmeline Aglipay filed House Bill 3748, or the proposed Act Establishing a Single Traffic Ticketing System, after the government and the private sector held a traffic summit to address Metro Manila’s transport and traffic woes.
"We are absolutely convinced that once enacted, our measure will help ease the enforcement of traffic laws, including those decreed by cities and municipalities, and in the process, help restore order, public safety and sanity to our streets," Romulo and Aglipay said in a joint statement.
Motorists are often faced with different local government traffic ordinances and different rules when it comes to getting and settling a traffic violation ticket. Aside from local governments, the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine National Police also have separate ticketing systems.
"The multiple ticketing systems have no coordination whatsoever," the lawmakers said. "There is no consolidated system of monitoring traffic violations throughout the various local jurisdictions."
With the unified ticketing system, an erring motorist can settle his dues at the nearest LTO post. The bill proposes that 50 percent of the fee will go to the local government unit and the rest will go to the LTO. The share of the LTO will be shared with the MMDA or the PNP.