With the spread of the coronavirus still a pressing concern in the country, many of the old ways we used to do things may lead to the further spread of the disease. As such, the LTO is looking into upgrading the way it issues traffic tickets to violators.

LTO-NCR West conducted field testing of a new handheld device for the agency's Law Enforcement Traffic Adjudication System. Called the Electronic Temporary Operator's Permit (ETOP), it simplifies the process of issuing traffic violation citation, as well decreases the likelihood of any direct physical contact between a driver and enforcer, in compliance with the government’s social distancing rules. In addition, the ETOP system can also be used to check if a driver's license is legitimate or fake via verification.

The ETOP device allows the traffic enforcer to simply scan a driver’s license. It connects to a database and allows the enforcer to access all of the relevant information about the driver. Afterward, the violation can be digitally logged and a traffic violation receipt is immediately printed and issued to the driver. The erring motorists can then pay the fine at LTO-accredited electronic payment centers.


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The device is also capable of taking photos, for use in processing the offense and providing a more recent photo of the erring driver.

Once the new system is fully deployed, the LTO expects it to replace and streamline ticketing, saving minutes over the old ticket-writing method currently being used. The LTO said it takes around 15 – 20 minutes for handwritten citations to be completed. With the ETOP process, enforcers can run the data, and issue a traffic citation in as little 5 to 10 minutes.

As for the motorist, he or she can settle their fines through electronic payment channels like GCash, Bancnet, BPI Online, and Unionbank Online. A payment confirmation with the electronic official receipt shall be automatically sent in the registered email address. Accordingly, the traffic violation will be automatically settled and lifted upon payment.

The LTO's new ETOP system is not only hoped to speed up the ticketing process but also prevent transmission of the disease. It will also allow motorists to pay their fines through electronic means instead of having to go to LTO offices.