MMDA set to enforce no-contact apprehension policy on April 15

MANILA, Philippines – Starting Friday, April 15, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will begin its re-implementation of the no-contact apprehension policy, where motorists caught violating traffic rules through closed circuit television (CCTV) footage will be fined.

Under the policy, erring motorists will be given notices specifying the date, time, location, and nature of the traffic violation committed. The motorist may contest the violation before the MMDA's Traffic Adjudication Division (TAD) within 7 days from receipt of the notice.

If the TAD denies the motorist's petition, a motion for reconsideration may be filed within 15 days from receipt of the TAD resolution. If this is denied, the motorist may file an appeal before the Office of the Chairman, which will issue a final and executory decision.

Motorists who do not contest their violation will be sent a final notice to pay fines. If violators fail to settle these fines, the MMDA will submit the vehicle's license plate to the Land Transportation Office, with the recommendation that the vehicle's registration not be renewed until the fines are settled.

MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos expressed confidence that motorists will be more cooperative with the new scheme.

"What we are after here is to instill discipline among the motorists," he said. –