MMDA expects suspension of 1,000 ‘hard-headed’ motorists

Published November 5, 2019, 9:59 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Jel Santos

Over 1, 000 “hard-headed” motorists are expected to be suspended after the Land Transportation Office (LTO) reviewed their repeated traffic violations, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

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Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago, MMDA spokesperson, said that they are expecting the suspension of more than 1, 000 motorists before Christmas.

“We are expecting more than 1, 000 motorists to get suspended because of their repeated violations. They may get suspended before Christmas,” she said.

“Today, we have given 100 names of violators to LTO. They are all bus drivers that we have monitored. Every day, we will be submitting names of traffic violators, at least 100 violators,” Pialago added.

During a press conference, MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said consistent violators are a danger to the other motorists.

“These constant violators are danger to other motorists. They are very consistent in violation traffic laws. They have no respect for the traffic law. They might cause accidents on the road, and put the lives of other motorists at risk,” he said.

Pialago and Garcia, meantime, said that due process will be observed by LTO before suspending the said violators.

“Due process will be observed by LTO. Those with heavy repeated violations have the higher possibility of getting suspended,” Pialago pointed out.

Garcia said that, according to law, LTO may suspend violators for a year, saying it is up for LTO to revoke the driver’s license of “hard-headed” ones.

MMDA said LTO has the discretion to suspend or revoke a motorist’s driver’s license, citing the Republic Act 4136 or “Land Transportation and Traffic Code.”