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April 8, 2016

MMDA Execs Discuss No-Contact Apprehension Policy with City Bus Operators

     The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today said that the implementation of the no-physical contact apprehension policy beginning April 15 is to instill discipline among private motorists and public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers.
     MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos also stressed that the no-contact scheme does not single out PUV drivers.
     “Ang hinahabol namin dito ang disiplina ng mga driver sa daan,” Carlos told several Metro Manila bus operators during a meeting at the MMDA main office in Makati City.
     He noted that the MMDA is confident the no-contact policy will not be opposed by the transport sector because the agency has already remedied the legal issues during its previous implementation.
     Carlos said drivers and even their operators can now view from the video footage taken by the agency’s close circuit television (CCTV) cameras the traffic violations they are being cited for if they decide to contest the apprehension.
     “Kayo (bus operators) mismo makikita n’yo sa video (footage) ang behavior ng driver n’yo sa daan,” he said.
     Under the no-contact policy, the violators will have seven days upon receipt of the summons from the MMDA to contest the traffic violation which is based on the CCTV video footage.
     Carlos reiterated that MMDA constables will still man and direct traffic on the main roads in the metropolis.
     “Kasama pa rin ang mga tao namin na manghuhuli (ng mga violators) dahil hindi naman lahat ng lugar ay may CCTV kami,” the MMDA chief said.
     To date, the MMDA has at least 250 CCTV cameras that will capture and record traffic violations on the roads of Metro Manila.
     After the meeting, MMDA officials toured the Metro Manila bus operators at the Metrobase, the traffic monitoring center of the agency.
     Earlier, the MMDA also met with provincial bus operators to discuss the no-contact policy.



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