Getting a ticket for a traffic or vehicle regulation violation means you will not only have to stop and spend a good 15 to 20 minutes negotiating with a traffic enforcer but also that you will have to pay the prescribed fee for the violation you committed. It is both a pain in your schedule and your pocket that is why most drivers do everything in their capacity to avoid (or sometimes, evade!) these violations.
Among these violations are driving without a valid license which will cost you Php 3,000, reckless driving at Php 2,000 for the first offense, and parking violations that start at Php 1,000 for the first offense.
Today we will feature the violations that have stiffer penalties (translation: they cost a fortune!); these fines are so dear that the average Pinoy driver’s only means to pay for it is by completely avoiding the violation altogether.
- Driving a right-hand drive vehicle – Php 50,000
So your car was imported from Europe… big deal.
You should not be driving a right-handed vehicle in the Philippines unless you have Php 50,000 to spare for LTO. This violation was only recently added to the list when car smuggling became a rampant case n the 2010s. Also, driving a right-hand vehicle in the Philippines could pose more risk to drivers and pedestrians.
Should you insist in driving your RHD car in main thoroughfares (and you get caught!), your precious car will be impounded until you are able to have it corrected (translation: made into a left-hand drive vehicle).
- Driving a vehicle that has defective devices or is installed with improper or unauthorized accessories – Php 5,000
That’s not a collective amount, mind you. You will be fined Php 5,000 for EVERY violation found in your car. Example: your signal lights are not working, that’s Php 5,000; you have a carrier on the roof of your car that does not meet the standards of the LTO, that’s another Php 5,000.
- Passengers not wearing seatbelts – Php 1,000 (private cars), Php 3,000 (PUVs).
This law (yes, it’s a law!) that is meant to protect you from harm (similar to the law on the use of helmets for motorcycle drivers and passengers). And so if you get penalized for not obeying this particular law, you are actually being fined for not loving your life enough to save it by wearing a seatbelt.
If a traffic enforcer sees you or your passenger not wearing your seatbelts, the driver will be fined the corresponding fees for private cars and PUVs, plus the driver’s license will be suspended for a week. Ugh if you are a PUV driver.
- Smoke Belching – Php 2,000 (first offense)
If you and your car cause other drivers and pedestrians to cover their noses when you zoom past, you are smoke belching. It also means that your car is in bad shape and should not be allowed on the road.
Should you insist, you will be fined Php 2,000 and who knows how much more after your first offense.
- Fraudulent registration of your car – Php 3,000
The LTO would know when you have overlooked or failed to renew your car’s registration. On the other hand, your car’s registration is one of the first things a traffic enforcer or the police look for when you are flagged for a traffic violation. If your papers are not updated, then better prepare for a hefty fine and the risk of you not being able to drive your car for a year.
It is never wise to forego your responsibility in renewing your car’s registration; you will always end up spending more.