Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Monday, December 7 led the launch of the local government’s new no-contact apprehension program to be implemented along major thoroughfares of the nation’s capital.
The ceremony was held on the intersection of Quirino Avenue and Taft Avenue in Malate, Manila. With the new program, Domagoso warned traffic violators in Manila to “drive safely or risk being caught by the city’s digital traffic eye and pay a huge fine.”
“With NCAP, panatag ako knowing that traffic violators are always caught and identified, especially sa gabi. Most importantly, even during typhoons or other similar situations, these cameras can function on their own,” the Mayor said in a statement.
“Matatakot ang mga walang disiplina sa kalsada kasi wala na silang lusot. Kapag may disiplina, diyan aasenso ang bayan, tandaan nyo ‘yan, kaya dito sa Maynila titiyakin ko na mangunguna tayo diyan,” he stressed.
Domagoso noted the challenge faced by the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) to manage road safety violators with more than half a million vehicles traversing the capital city’s roads daily.
The Mayor said nearly a thousand MTPB enforcers are managing the city’s main streets to prevent traffic mishaps and accidents. He said that operational digitalization is key to ensure the efficient flow of traffic in the city.
“Manila’s NCAP systems are by far, the most modern traffic rules enforcement system adopted in the Philippines. Using high definition (HD) cameras with their signature laser tracking technologies installed in key locations in the city, NCAP system is a highly-efficient camera network capable of detecting traffic violations,” Domagoso said.
“The system works at both daytime and nighttime, twenty four hours, seven days a week, rain or shine,” the Mayor said.
When an erring motorist is caught red-handed by the NCAP cameras, the camera snaps at the vehicle’s license plate. The information is sent to MTPB which then processes the information sourced from the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
The MTPB assesses the video of the violation and immediately sends a Notice of Violation (NOV) to the vehicle’s registered owner.
Notices are usually sent within two weeks after the date of the alleged violation via registered mail. Disputes on facts stated in notices are heard at the Manila Traffic Adjudication Board (MTAB) that convenes immediately to address possible citizen concerns.
Domagoso said that traffic fines will go straight to the city’s treasury in support of civic welfare programs of the city government. Obligations, traffic fines and penalties are to be settled at the MTPB, or may be settled through designated banks or remittance centers.
He also warned traffic violators that they cannot ignore the city’s notices, as non-payment or settlement of traffic violation fines would disallow the violator to renew their vehicles’ registration at the LTO along with additional fines and penalties.
“When discipline is strong among motorists, maiiwasan ang lokohan at aksidente sa daan. With NCAP, isang kuha lang ng camera yan, mahuhuli ang violators, kaya walang kawala ang mga lumalabag sa batas. Yari kayo,” he said.