When I first read about this, I thought to myself, “Is this an early April Fool’s Day joke?”
A few days ago, a viral event entitled “Suntukan sa Ace Hardware” caught the attention of many netizens and it was set to happen on April 15 at 3PM in SM City Calamba. However, Ace Hardware has reportedly released a statement saying that there’s no such event backed by them and that they don’t tolerate violence.
With the date of said “suntukan” set on April 15 and this news story about “no contact” apprehension popping up that is also set on April 15, I thought, are pranks now all set on April 15?
Also, with April 1 drawing near, you kind of feel doubtful of stories shared online.
Apparently, this one seems legit. This implementation is a revival of the “no-physical apprehension of traffic violation” scheme.
According to the Inquirer, starting on April 15, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will implement the “no contact” apprehension policy.
What does “no contact” apprehension means?
It means that motorists who violate traffic rules will no longer be flagged down and confronted by MMDA constables. Additionally, licenses will no longer be confiscated on the spot.
For the “no contact” policy, MMDA is setting up and testing 250 powerful CCTV cameras in Metro Manila. These will be used to replace physical apprehension of motorists who are at fault. MMDA is currently checking how powerful the cameras are, if they can see plates from afar or if they are installed in the best positions to capture violations.
The report added that the MMDA will focus on violations including:
- illegally parked vehicles
- encroaching on yellow boxes at intersections
- unlawful use of the bus lanes
- reckless driving
- loading and unloading in prohibited areas
The “no contact” apprehension policy will initially be implemented on EDSA and C-5, and other major roads.
MMDA is also waiting for additional 100 cameras for the implementation of this new policy.
Under this policy, erring motorists based from the feed of the CCTV cameras will be notified by the MMDA within three days. The motorist is given seven days to contest it. If there is no protest or if the motorist is proven guilty of the violation, they will be given a final notice to pay for the penalty.
What do you think of MMDA’s major policy change? Will it work? Will this improve the current system, reducing bribing and running away from MMDA traffic enforcers?