No contact apprehension begins in Manila

Published December 7, 2020, 2:12 PM

by Minka Klaudia Tiangco

A no contact apprehension program (NCAP) will now be implemented in the major thoroughfares of Manila.  

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna led the unveiling and inspection of the “No Contact Traffic Apprehension Program” of the City of Manila held at Quirino Avenue, Manila. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

Around 36 “highly efficient” cameras were placed on selected roads to spot erring motorists and capture photos of their license plates.  The cameras are on the following site:

    ●Taft Avenue – P. Ocampo Street

    ●Taft Avenue – Quirino Avenue

    ●Quirino Avenue – San Marcelino Steet

    ●Quirino Avenue – M.H. Del Pilar Street

    ●P. Burgos Avenue – M. Orosa Street

    ●España Boulevard – Lacson Street

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, who led the program’s launch on Monday (Dec. 7) said the NCAP will encourage motorists to “drive safely or risk being caught by the city’s digital traffic eye and pay a huge fine.”

“With NCAP, panatag ako (I am assured) knowing that traffic violators are always caught and identified, especially sa gabi (at night). Most importantly, even during typhoons or other similar situations, these cameras can function on their own,” Mayor Isko said.  

“Matatakot ang mga walang disiplina sa kalsada kasi wala na silang lusot. Kapag may disiplina, diyan aasenso ang bayan, tandaan niyo ‘yan (Those who lack discipline on the streets will now be afraid because they cannot just slip by. If we are disciplined, the country will see progress, remember that),” he added.

Domagoso admitted that it is challenging for the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB), with over a thousand enforcers, to manage road violators as over half a million vehicles traverse the capital city’s roads every day.

The local chief executive also said the NCAP can help prevent unnecessary contact between motorists and traffic enforcers, lowering the risk of spreading the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). 

After the NCAP cameras capture the license plate of the erring motorist, their information from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will be sent to the MTPB which will assess the video of the alleged violation.

It will send a Notice of Violation (NOV) via registered mail to the vehicle’s registered owner within two weeks after the violation was committed. 

Violators will have to pay a fine of up to P5,000 for each violation. 

Disputes on facts stated in the notice will be heard by the Manila Traffic Adjudication Board which will convene immediately to address concerns. 

Mayor Isko said traffic fines will go straight to the city’s treasury to support of civic welfare programs. 

Obligations, traffic fines and penalties shall be settled at the MTPB, or through designated banks or remittance centers.