IN a show of cooperation to solve the worsening traffic problem in the metro, the Inter-agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT) and the Metro Manila mayors agreed to come up with a unified ticketing system for traffic violations.
In a special meeting of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) and Inter-agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT) on Monday, local chief executives committed to pass uniform ordinances on traffic violation fines and penalties.
The MMDA, Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) also agreed to modify their rates.
This initiative is consistent with the government’s move to establish a single traffic authority through the i-ACT, which aims to centralize and solidify traffic enforcement in Metro Manila under one chain of command.
Among the goals of the i-ACT is to get local government units (LGUs) to eventually agree on a single ticketing system.
Under the current setup, the MMDA, LGUs, LTO, and LTFRB have different rates for different traffic violations. Apprehended motorists would have to pay different fines, depending on who flagged them and where.
Different agencies were able to come up with an agreement following a workshop conducted by the i-ACT with LGU traffic managers last Friday.
Meanwhile, the i-ACT also reached an agreement with LGUs in the National Capital Region to extend coding hours under the current Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the Number Coding Scheme, as well as expand the coverage of the “no window hours” policy for coded vehicles.
From the existing 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. period, coding hours will now run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Further, the “no window hours” scheme for coded vehicles shall also cover all radial roads (R1 to R10) and circumferential roads (C1 to C6) in Metro Manila. These measures shall take effect on November 1, or five days after publication of a resolution signed by the Metro Manila mayors.
The extended coding hours and expanded coverage of the “no window hours” policy are aimed at decongesting traffic flow and reducing the volume of vehicles on national roads in Metro Manila.
Today, the “no window hours” policy was implemented on EDSA, C5, Mandaluyong, Roxas Blvd., Alabang-Zapote Road Las Piñas, and Makati. Metro Manila mayors and traffic managers responded positively to the measure, paving the way for the expansion of the policy.
The affected Metro Manila roads for the “no window hours” policy are as follows: C1: CM Recto to Padre Burgos Street; C2: Abad Santos to Quirino Avenue; C3: Libis Gocheco St. to Buendia; C4: EDSA; C5: Mindanao Avenue-NLEX to Sucat Road; C6: Bulacan-Rizal-Manila-Cavite Regional Expressway.
Also included in the extended implementation of “no window hours” were R1: A. Bonifacio to A. Soriano Highway; R2: Taft Ave. to Tagaytay—Talisay Road; R3: SLEX to Southern Tagalog Artertial Road; R4: Pasig Line to Taytay Diversion Road; R5: V. Mapa to Manila East Road; R6: Legarda to Marikina—Infanta Highway; R7: Lerma to San Jose del Monte—Norzagaray Road; R8: Quezon Blvd. to Rosario—Pugo Road; R9: Rizal Avenue to MacArthur Highway; R10: Tondo to Manila-Bataan Coastal Road.