Motorists on edge out of fear of Metro Manila’s no-contact apprehension programs (NCAP) can rest easy—for now.
In case you missed it, the country’s Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of NCAP within the National Capital Region (NCR). And yes, this TRO covers the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) as well.
During a press conference held earlier today, the MMDA confirmed that the agency will indeed be complying with the TRO. MMDA spokesman Cris Saruca told reporters that the agency is already setting a meeting with the Office of the Solicitor General to determine how to move forward.
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Saruca also revealed some eye-opening numbers from the MMDA’s NCAP implementation so far in 2021. From January 1 to August 24, the agency has caught a whopping 107,269 traffic violations with its NCAP cameras. Check out the breakdown below:
MMDA no-contact apprehension violations in 2022
- January - 4,721
- February - 7,660
- March - 12,150
- April - 10,811
- May - 17,464
- June - 18,013
- July - 20,509
- August (until the 24th) - 15,941
Saruca added that the most common traffic violations captured via NCAP are disregarding traffic signs, number coding scheme violations, and illegal loading or unloading. With the announcement of the NCAP suspension, the MMDA is hoping motorists will continue to abide by local traffic laws despite the absence of the agency’s NCAP cameras.
“Sana po ma-maintain natin yung driver discipline even in light of the suspension of NCAP. Para naman po sa sting lahat ito, para po mapabilis ang daloy ng trapiko, para ho safe ang ating mga motorista,” Saruca stressed.
“So, pakiusap din po ng MMDA na sana maintain pa rin natin yung disiplina sa ating mga lansangan.”