Single ticketing system in NCR to be implemented within Q1 2023

Driving along EDSA

The single ticketing in the National Capital Region (NCR) is eyed to be implemented within the first quarter of 2023.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • When is the expected rollout of the single ticketing system?

    The proposed system is eyed to be rolled out within the first quarter of 2023.
  • What is the limitation of the single ticketing system?

    Local government units in Metro Manila can still impose their respective ordinances for other traffic-related offenses that are not specified in the traffic code as part of their local autonomy.
  • Last Thursday (January 19), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Metro Manila local traffic bureau heads, and Land Transportation Office (LTO) approved the Metro Manila Traffic Code’s final draft to carry out the proposed system in the region.

    Single ticketing system TWG

    During the meeting, the technical working group (TWG) agreed on the 20 most common traffic violation penalties that will be uniformly imposed in the NCR and their interconnectivity requirements with the LTO’s Land Transportation Management System (LTMS).

    Following the unanimous decision from the TWG, Metro Manila Council (MMC) President and San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said that the mayors in the NCR will likely pass a resolution approving the proposed measure.

    “After the council’s approval, each LGU (local government unit) will have to draft or amend their respective ordinances adapting standardized fines on the identified common traffic violations,” he explained, adding that the Metro Manila Traffic Code will be discussed in the next MMC meeting.

    Single ticketing system TWG

    For his part, MMDA Acting Chairman Atty. Romando Artes said that the agency will fund the purchase of the hardware and information technology-related requirements to ensure the seamless rollout of the cities’ integration with the LTMS.

    “We will conduct an inventory of each LGU with regards to their respective systems and equipment for the planned interconnectivity with the LTO database for them to have access on the motorists’ records,” Artes said.

     “After a series of consultations with the LGU and the transport sector, we have also finalized the standardized fines and penalties for the most common traffic violations such as disregarding traffic signs, illegal parking, and number coding, among others,” he added.

    Single ticketing system TWG

    Both Artes and Zamora shared that cities in Metro Manila can have their respective ordinances for other traffic-related offenses that are not specified in the traffic code as part of their local autonomy.

    Once the single ticketing is realized, the issues raised pertaining to the no-contact apprehension as well as driver’s license confiscation will be resolved.  He also expressed belief that it will give motorists an easier avenue to settle penalties through digital payment channels.

    According to LTO Regional Director Noreen San Luis-Lutey, the LGU interconnectivity to the LTMS is authorized by law to create a single database for traffic violations across the metropolis.

    Photos from Ruben D. Manahan IV, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

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