MMDA mulls creation of roadside courts to solve traffic complaints

January 29, 2016 7:21 am 

MANILA, Jan. 28 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority eyes to create a roadside court which will address traffic problems and punish unscrupulous traffic enforcers.

MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said Thursday that the agency will discuss the matter in a meeting with representatives of a Technical Working Group composed of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Land Transportation Office (LTO), PNP-Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) set in February.

Carlos also said he will also coordinate the matter with the Metro Manila Council (MMC), the agency's policy-making body which is composed of the 17 Metro Manila mayors.

“We are considering this project. We have to discuss this in the next meeting,” said Carlos.

The MMDA will put up roadside courts in five strategic areas in the metropolis, namely Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), Circumferential Road-5, Quirino Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue and Roxas Boulevard.

Carlos said the initiative primarily seeks to solve extortion allegations against traffic constables. However, he noted that MMDA employees can also file complaints against motorists in these courts, especially those who attempt to bribe them in order to evade traffic violations.

Under the program, the MMDA said personnel such as receiving clerks and hearing officers will be deployed in these courts which will be open to the public even during the wee hours of the night.

Once there are sufficient pieces of evidence as basis for complaints, the roadside courts' presiding officers will decide on the matter.

The presiding officers have to make decisions on complaints within the day of its filing.

Upon the release of the verdict on the complaints, concerned traffic enforcers can file their appeal within a period of 15 days.

Meanwhile, the MMDA encouraged the public to use video cameras to record perceived illegal or unlawful activities of MMDA employees to “help attain a disciplined society, and also for evidentiary purposes.”

Earlier, Carlos also sought to implement anew the “no contact policy” in catching traffic violators in the metropolis.

He said they want to enforce the policy that utilizes hundreds of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the metropolis against erring motorists.

However, Carlos said the agency needs to get the nod of the MMC for the reimplementation of the scheme.

“I have listed the policy in the agenda of our next MMC meeting,” said Carlos.

Aside from catching overspeeding motorists, Carlos said they also want to penalize other kinds of traffic violations through the scheme.

“Gusto kong ipahabol yung beating the red light, lane violation obstruction, bus segregation,” said Carlos.

Under the contactless policy, violators will not be stopped by traffic enforcers but instead, their plate numbers will be just recorded.(PNA)

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