(Metro News) MMC okays single ticketing office

January 27, 2012 10:54 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 27 — The Metro Manila Council (MMC), the policy-making body of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), approved a resolution adopting a uniform ticketing system for the seventeen local government units (LGUs) of Metro Manila.

The Resolution was approved following a presentation and dialogue with Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, who pledged to present the single ticketing system for the approval of President Benigno Aquino III. Representatives of transport groups such as the Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers (FEJODAP), Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila & Suburbs Drivers Association (Pasang Masda), Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (PISTON) participated in the dialogue.

The consensus was made during the Metro Manila Council meeting, presided by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino, held in Pasay City.

The LGUs, MMDA and government agencies involved in the transport and traffic management in the metropolis will just have to finalize the guidelines on the single ticketing system, with the assistance of Robredo.

A Technical Working Group (TWG), composed of traffic heads of the 16 cities and one municipality in Metro Manila, traffic directors of Department of Transportation and Communications ( DoTC), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Land Transportation Office and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will work on the project.

The group is to come up with a common ticket to be used by the MMDA and all LGUs in apprehending erring motorists.

It will also adopt a uniform scheme in apprehension, payment of fines and redemption of driver’s license and license plates.

The STS hopes to simplify the processing of traffic violation tickets in the metropolis and lessen the burdens of the transport sector.

Representatives of various transport groups, including Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP), Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO), Alliance of Transport Operators’ and Drivers’ Association of the Philippines (ALTODAP) and Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila Suburbs Drivers Association (Pasang Masda), among others attended the event.

“We welcome this long-overdue development. Hand-in-hand with (DILG) Secretary Robredo, I am confident this initiative will finally see the light,” Tolentino said

“I am optimistic that proposals and concerns from our stakeholders will be considered, for the effective implementation of the single ticketing system,” Tolentino said.

During the regular council meeting held on Thursday at the Pasay City Hall, the MMC members unanimously voted for the implementation of the single ticketing system that shall consolidate traffic fines and penalties imposed within the metropolis.

Present during the meeting included Mayors Alfredo Lim of Manila, Vergel Aguilar of Las Piñas, Florencio Bernabe, Jr. of Parañaque, Antonino Calixto of Pasay, Aldrin San Pedro of Muntinlupa, Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela, Del De Guzman of Marikina, Erwin Jejomar Binay of Makati, John Rey Tiangco of Navotas, Jaime Medina of Pateros, and representatives from the other Metro Manila LGUs.

Tolentino said the approval of the resolution paved the way for the implementation of a uniform traffic violation ticket bearing the MMDA logo and those of the seventeen LGUs. The uniform ticket would be issued by all traffic operatives within Metro Manila and shall be recognized metro-wide.

Under the resolution, a Technical Working Group composed of traffic heads of the seventeen LGUs, representatives from the DoTC, LTO, LTFRB, and MMDA will be created to resolve various issues and problems concerning the proposed implementation of the single ticketing system.

Among the important issues to be considered are the scheme of apprehension, standardization of fines and penalties, and the redemption of driver’s licenses or license plates.

The transport sector, represented by FEJODAP, Pasang Masda, and PCDO-ACTO, as well as the LGUs were given one week or until Feb. 2 to submit their comments and proposals on the matter.

Transport groups have been strongly pushing for the use of a common ticket.

Zeny Maranan, president of Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP) said the varying traffic fines imposed by the LGUs have become very burdensome for jeepney drivers and operators.

Without the single ticketing system, each Metro Manila LGU and the MMDA use their respective traffic violation tickets within their jurisdictions. This runs counter to the 1995 MMDA Charter, mandating the Agency to “install and administer a single ticketing system”.

Public utility vehicle drivers have been complaining about the exorbitant traffic fines being imposed by the LGUs and their deputized traffic enforcers on erring drivers.

At present, the MMDA and traffic enforcers of local government units (LGUs) issue various versions of traffic citation tickets to motorists apprehended for traffic violations. (PNA) RMA/CLTC

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