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MMDA Respects LGU’s Autonomy on “Contactless Apprehension Policy”

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MANILA, Philippines — The MMDA on Wednesday pledged to work with other government agencies to ensure “more efficient and orderly implementation” of non-contact apprehension (NCAP) policies.

This comes after the Land Transport Office (LTO) asked Local Government Units (LGUs) to suspend their respective Non Contact Apprehension (NCAP) policies.

“From what we have heard, LTO’s call for LGUs to suspend their respective NCAPs is their reaction to the call from certain transport groups and operators on the matter,” the MMDA said in a statement.

The MMDA nevertheless said that it “respects the autonomy of all LGUs in developing and implementing their own traffic rules”.

In addition to this, the MMDA also welcomed any congressional inquiry into the issues surrounding the implementation of NCAP.

“The Authority welcomes the call for a legislative inquiry into its NCAP which has been in place since 2016 and will certainly cooperate with other branches of government and agencies to ensure a more effective and orderly implementation of said policy” , said the MMDA.

The LTO’s call to suspend NCAP came after receiving complaints from public utility vehicles that were forced to pay fines.

In an earlier statement, LTO chief Teofilo Guadiz III said the system appeared to be flawed, adding that the drivers responsible for the violation should be held liable, not the vehicle owner.

NCAP uses closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, cameras and other gadgets to apprehend traffic violators. The MMDA, in conjunction with the LTO, will then search the vehicle records and summon the registered owner by mail to settle the violation.

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