A coalition of transport groups, the Stop NCAP Coalition, has called for the government to stop and review the No Contact Apprehension Program (NCAP) that is currently being implemented by some LGUs, most of them in Metro Manila.

“The intention is good but, the implementation of the program is highly irregular,” said Jobert Bolanos of Motorcycle Rights Organization (MRO), who joined the coalition of private, public transport drivers and operators, as well as transport network vehicle service (TNVS) drivers and operators.

The Stop NCAP Coalition says that the charges that are being meted to traffic violators are very exorbitant, with some drivers accumulating more than PHP 70,000 in total traffic violation fines.

“One simple violation, he [taxi driver] got stuck in the yellow box. What’s painful about this is you have one violation, but CCTV operators may flag you for two or three more violations on a whim,” said Modesto Floranda, president of Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston), a public transport group.

“We call on our [LGUs] to review their ordinances and fix the confusing road markings and traffic signs and we would like to seek the reduction of the inhumane penalties by these programs,” added Bolanos during a press conference hosted by the group.

The Stop NCAP Coalition also marched to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in East Ave., Quezon City, to submit their position paper.

Several Metro Manila cities implement their own NCAP: Paranaque, Manila, Quezon City, Valenzuela and just recently, San Juan. The Province of Bataan also implements NCAP on some of their major roads. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) also implements NCAP on EDSA.

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