Manila implements no contact apprehension

Motorists who frequent the streets of Manila, the Nation’s Capital, will likely cite its streets as one of the worsts in all of Metro Manila, if not the worst in terms of traffic discipline.

From pedestrians who cross without using the pedestrian lane, to (now) motorized pedicabs and tricycles that counterflow, and motorcyclists who think that since they are genuine Manileño and don’t need to wear their helmets, these are just a few of the common offenses, mind you.

Now, that could all change as the City of Manila, headed by Mayor “Isko” Domagoso and vice mayor Honey Lacuña, led the launching of the city’s “No-contact Apprehension" policy, that will be deployed in key areas of the city.

"Those who will pass by the streets of Manila, and those who use our roads, be aware that the no-contact apprehension takes effect today [December 7, 2020]. Basta nandito kayo sa Maynila, magdisiplina kayo (as long as you’re in Manila, be disciplined)," said the mayor.

The program also aims to take away any possibility of bribery on the street level, as violators will be sent their violation notices via the registered address on the vehicle’s registration records. Traffic violators will then have to settle their fines online or in person at the Manila City Hall.

No contact apprehension areas

Manila's no-contact apprehension will be deployed in the following areas: Espana corner Lacson Avenue, Quirino Avenue corner Taft, Quirino Avenue corner San Marcelino, Quirino Avenue corner MH Del Pilar, Taft Avenue corner Pablo Ocampo, Padre Burgos corner Maria Orosa, Chinese General Hospital intersection, Lacson Avenue and Aragon, TM Kalaw and Aragon, TM Kalaw and MH Del Pilar, Espana corner Dela Fuente and Vicente Cruz, Abad Santos and Bambang, Abad Santos and Tayuman, Taft Avenue and Estrada, Taft Avenue and Remedios.