(Metro News) Transport groups laud MMDA

March 2, 2012 10:24 am 

MANILA, March 1 — Transport groups on Thursday praised the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for the issuance of the common traffic ticket known as the Uniform Ordinance Violation Receipt (UOVR) under the single ticketing system now being enforced in Metro Manila.

“We laud the MMDA for this move because since 1995, we have been staging protests to push for the use of a common ticket to lessen our burden,” said Pasang Masda head Obet Martin during the start of issuing a common traffic ticket held at the MMDA office in Makati City.

Rigor Mendoza, another transport group leader, said "transport groups and organizations have been calling the attention of the government to solve our dilemma; only the MMDA made it happen."

Fejodap head Zeny Maranan cited that “when a driver is apprehended and his license confiscated through the LGUs OVR, he would then be cited for failure to carry license” if he is apprehended by another local government unit.

“Now our drivers can no longer be cited for “failure to carry license” as the UOVR will be recognized by all LGUs as a temporary license,” Maranan said.

Under the single ticketing policy, MMDA, LGU and Land Transportation Office (LTO) traffic enforcers will honor and recognize the UOVRs issued by other LGUs, enabling apprehended motorists to use their tickets as temporary driver’s license.

Thursday’s launch followed President Benigno S. Aquino III’s approval of a proposal of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) to implement a uniform ticketing system in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The MMC unanimously approved on January 26 the establishment of a system of interconnectivity among the LGUs and government bodies involved in traffic management.

For his part, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that the use of the Uniform Ordinance Violation Receipt (UOVR) started on Thursday after following the distribution of the tickets in respective jurisdictions of the LGUs.

Tolentino said the MMDA and the Metro Manila mayors will next formulate a uniform set of traffic fines and penalties that will unite traffic measures in the metropolis

“Under the phase 2 of the single traffic ticketing system, we will craft a model ordinance that contains uniform traffic rules and fines for the 17 LGUs,” said Tolentino, citing that the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) will lead the next phase.

Tolentino said the new UOVR bears the logos of the MMDA and the 17 LGUs in the NCR and is designed to be tamper-proof. (PNA) scs/CLTC

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