The Metro Manila Council (MMC) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have finally agreed to adopt the 28-year-old proposal Metro Manila Single Ticketing System.
Local chief executives of Metro Manila have adopted the single ticketing system through the establishment of the Metro Manila Traffic Code of 2023 which provides for a system of interconnectivity among government instrumentalities involved in the transport and traffic management in the metropolis with harmonized fines and penalties.
The standardized fines and penalties will also be endorsed to the Land Transportation Office and local councils for adoption.
Based on the MMDA Resolution No. 23-02, the single ticketing system “will harmonize the existing national and local laws on traffic enforcement to establish effective transport and traffic management in Metro Manila.”
Its approval and adoption will also help address different procedures of apprehension; payment of fines; redemption of licenses and plates; as well as the uncoordinated implementation of traffic laws resulting in confusion among the driving public, loss of money, and productive hours.
MMDA Acting Chairman Atty. Don Artes said that the single ticketing system will give apprehended motorists convenience as they can now pay for their traffic-related violations wherever regardless of the city they have been caught.
“This is a historic moment for all of us because, after more than twenty years, Metro Manila is finally adopting the single ticketing system that will highly benefit our motorists,” said Artes.”
“The single ticketing system would help avoid confusion among our driving public, as well as the option to pay electronically for their violations. Driver's license will also not be confiscated during apprehension," he added.
The Metro Manila Traffic Code of 2023, which will serve as the guideline for the system, listed the most common traffic violation penalties which will be imposed uniformly in all Metro Manila local government units. For motorcyclists, four common traffic violations were included, namely, the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009, Children’s Safety on Motorcycle Act, Dress Code for Motorcycle Riders (slippers), and Defective Motorcycle Accessories.
The MMTC also has provision for the interconnectivity requirements with the LTO’s Land Transportation Management System (LTMS).
During the meeting, it was also agreed upon that the MMDA will provide the funds for the purchase of the hardware and I.T requirements needed for the seamless and simultaneous rollout of the LGU’s integration with the LTMS.
The LGUs will likewise enact ordinances that will adapt standardized fines on the identified common traffic violations and separate ordinances for traffic-related offenses not stated in the traffic code.