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MMDA’s no-contact traffic apprehension works

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The high-definition CCTV cameras of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are still working and very efficiently too.

You will find that out when you receive an official letter from the MMDA with a summon number that states the vehicle’s plate number, date, time, location, and nature of traffic violation – and a photo.

I have not received such a letter – and I hope not to – but three people who I had the pleasure to have lunch with days ago related stories behind the citations they got in the mail.

Five citation summons were received through the mail by one of the ladies at our table. She said her driver had committed all of the violations. Prior to that, her driver had repeatedly told her not to worry about his driving, saying that the CCTV cameras don’t work.

Of course, her driver denied committing any traffic violation. But when she showed the MMDA summons, which had the photo and plate number of the car, he had nothing to say.

The lady had to pay P2,500 to settle the fines so that she could have her car registration renewed with the Land Transportation Office. She said, that driver is not under her employ now.

A photo of the MMDA summon which a gentleman in our group showed us from his phone convinced us all that the CCTV cameras are indeed working.

Here is some information that may continue to encourage you – and your driver – to follow traffic regulations:

According to the MMDA website, when the camera captures the image of the plate number, the MMDA No Contact Apprehension Team “will search for the motor vehicle records of violators in coordination with the LTO-Information Query Facility” to check on the records of the vehicle captured by the CCTV cameras.

The recipient of the MMDA summon should pay the fine “within seven days upon receipt of the first summon either at the MMDA main office, SM Bills Payment, LBC, and accredited Bayad Centers nationwide.

If you don’t agree with the violation, you can contest it by filing a protest before the MMDA-Traffic Adjucation Division (TAD) within seven days of receipt of the summon. “Failure to do so within the prescribed period shall be seen as a waiver of such right to contest the violation or present evidence as a defense,” the MMDA website said.

“Within 15 days from receipt of an adverse TAD resolution, the driver may file a Motion for Reconsideration. Within 30 days from receipt of the denial of the Motion for Reconsideration, the driver may file an appeal at the Office of the Chairman where the decision shall be final and executory,” the MMDA website said.

And what happens if the violator will not pay?  You cannot renew the registration of your vehicle with the LTO.

It might also interest you to know that the MMDA sends at least 17,000 summons every month since it started the No Contact Traffic Apprehension policy last April 15, 2016.

For those who are selling their vehicles, make sure that the car registration is transferred to the new owner, or the traffic violation summon will be sent to your address.

The CCTV cameras, though, have not replaced the MMDA traffic enforcers. The CCTVs catch moving violations, “leaving the apprehension of administrative offenses to MMDA constables,” MMDA said.

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NLEX-SCTEX roadway lights

Roadway light and signs at the NLEX and SCTEX are now being upgraded.

According to Luigi L. Bautista, president and general manager of NLEX Corporation, there will be “more than 1,000 brighter lights and more than 600 new signs for installation.”

“We are aiming to clearly, directly, and safely guide motorists to their destinations,” he said.

The lights and signs will be along both the northbound and southbound directions of NLEX-SCTEX.

The signs were also upgraded to go beyond the standards by increasing the font and sign sizes as well as increasing reflectivity to remain highly visible during  nighttime.

Target completion of the project is by May 2020, he said.

The project will be completed this February with the replacement of 1,078 interchange and median LED lighting from NLEX Balintawak to Tabang.

Old lights in the said expressway section need to be replaced as their brightness have reduced over time.

The tollway company also heightened the illumination or brightness level of the new lights to 20 lux from the previous 12 lux to help drivers become more aware of their surroundings.

“NLEX Corporation recognizes the importance of providing adequate lighting and appropriate road signs for safe and efficient expressway travel of our motorists,” Bautista said.

By Pinky Concha Colmenares

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