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Single traffic ticketing in effect in Metro Manila

Last March 1, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the 17 local government units of Metro Manila have started implementing a common traffic ticket known as the Uniform Ordinance Violation Receipt (UOVR) in their respective jurisdictions, the first step toward imposing common fines and penalties within the metropolitan area.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said this measure implements the agency’s mandate under its charter to institute a single ticketing system in Metro Manila.

“Transport groups have been asking for single ticketing since 1995. We are grateful for the support and cooperation of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo and the Metro Manila mayors in finally resolving this matter,” Tolentino said.

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

Under the single ticketing policy, MMDA, LGU and 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.

Tolentino stressed that the issuance of one UOVR for a particular offense would not bar the issuance of a second UOVR for another. “An apprehension for obstruction in one city will not bar the issuance of a second, or even succeeding UOVRs if subsequently the motorist is caught committing other traffic violations,” he explained.

Motorists will have seven days to pay the fine imposed at any Metrobank branch. For LGU-issued UOVRs, violators will have five days to settle fines and redeem their license in the city where the apprehension took place.

Tolentino said the MMDA and the Metro Manila mayors would next formulate a uniform set of traffic fines and penalties.