If you’re driving around Metro Manila, have you noticed CCTVs along major roads? Well, it’s because of the No Contact Apprehension Policy being implemented by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and enforced by different local city governments. But what is this policy exactly? And what are the things motorists need to know about it?
1. What is the No Contact Apprehension Policy?
The No Contact Apprehension is a policy that utilizes closed-circuit television as video surveillance, digital cameras, and other technology to capture videos and images of motorists who are violating traffic laws without the need for physical apprehension by traffic enforcers.
Do note that this policy won’t get rid of MMDA Traffic Enforcers, besides there are still places not covered by CCTVs. This policy works to supplement the enforcers’ presence especially in catching moving violations.
2. How will the MMDA and local governments send the notice to violators?
MMDA and the local city governments work in conjunction with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), using your vehicle’s RFID and license plate to track its records.
A Notice of Violation will be sent to the address of the registered owner of the vehicle appearing in the database of the LTO through Philpost for MMDA, and process server of the city, registered mail, or private courier for local city governments.
3. Am I liable to pay the fine even if I already sold the vehicle but it’s still under my name?
The short answer is yes. As the registered owner, you are responsible for any liability that arises with the vehicle under your name, but you can seek reimbursement from its actual owner after paying the penalty or fine.
If a previous owner received the Notice, you may proceed to the No-Contact Office at the MMDA main building, or to the respective traffic offices of local city governments to file a notarized Complaint and the Deed of Sale as evidence that you were not the driver when the violation occurred.
4. If I don’t agree with the violation, how do I contest the Notice given to me?
Traffic violators have the right to file a protest before the MMDA Traffic Adjudication Division within seven days upon receipt of the notice. Failure to do so shall waive the right to contest the violation or present evidence as a defense.
For local governments, make sure to check out their websites on the process of contesting your violation.
5. Within how many days should I settle my violation under the No Contact Apprehension Policy and where should I pay?
Payment of fines and penalties under MMDA shall be made within seven days upon the receipt of the notice. But for local city governments, like the city of Manila, shall be made within ten days. So make sure to double check the websites of the cities that sent you a Notice so you can process your fines accordingly.
Payment can be done through authorized accredited payment centers like SM Bills Payment or any accredited Bayad Centers nationwide.
No Contact Apprehension in a Nutshell
The policy is being implemented with the bigger mission of making our roads safer for all motorists and citizens. So be a responsible driver on the road and check out the rules and regulations of the No Contact Apprehension Policy especially in cities you frequent.