Tag Archive: MMDA

07 - 17

A leading cause of traffic jams and road mishaps are drivers who deliberately disobey traffic rules.  It could be as uncomplicated as tailgating another vehicle, to overtaking on single or double white lines, to beating red lights especially when there are no traffic enforcers around.

If drivers knew how much they would have to pay, apart from the damages they could cause others because of their negligence, they would probably be a lot more careful on the road.

Our fourth installment in this series will focus on fines and penalties for Frauds and Falsities, and Traffic Violations.  Read on!

1. Frauds and Falsities

Violation Fines and Penalties (Php)
1. Use of fake plates / sticklers / pursuant documents 2,000 to 4,000 to be imposed upon the owner and / or driver of the subject MV.
2. Misrepresenting a copy of a document pertinent to a motor vehicle before the Traffic Adjudication Services 1,500 to be imposed upon the driver or owner.

2. Traffic Violations

Violation Fines and Penalties (Php)
1. Parking

a. Within an intersection

b. Within 5 meters of the intersection

c. 4 meters from the driveway entrance

d. Within 4 meters from a fire hydrant

e. In front of a private driveway

f. On the roadway side of any unmoving or parked MV at the curb edge of the highway.

g. At any place where signs of prohibitions have been installed.

2. Reckless Driving

Such as but not limited to the following:

a. Disregarding Traffic Signs

–  Failure to yield right-of-way;

– Failure to yield right-of-way to ambulance police or fire department vehicles;

– Failure to yield right-of-way at a “through highway” or a “stop intersection”

– Failure to give proper signal

– Illegal turn

– Failure to stop motor vehicle and notch handbrake of motor vehicle when unattended

– Unsafe towing.

b. Allowing passenger on top or cover of a motor vehicle except in a truck helper.

c. Failure to provide canvass cover to cargos or freight of trucks requiring the same.

d. Permitting passenger to ride on running board stepboard or mudguard of MV while in motion.

e. Driving for hire motor vehicles in slippers.

f. Driving in a place not intended for traffic or into place not allowed for parking.

g. Hitching or permitting a person or a bicycle, tricycle or skate roller to hitch a motor vehicle.

h. Driving against traffic.

i. Illegal overtaking.

j. Overtaking at unsafe distance.

k. Cutting an overtaking vehicle.

l. Failure to give way to an overtaking vehicle.

m. Increasing speed when being overtaken.

n. Overtaking when left side is not visible or clear of oncoming traffic.

o. Overtaking upon a crest of a grade.

p. Overtaking upon a curve.

q. Overtaking at any railway grade crossing.

r. Overtaking at any intersection.

s. Overtaking between “men working” or “caution” signs.

t. Overtaking at no overtaking zone.

u. Failure to yield the right-of-way.

v. Failure to stop traversing a “through a highway or railroad” crossing.

1,000 – 1st offense

1,500 – 2nd offense and suspension of DL for two months.

2,000 – 3rd offense and suspension of DL for six months

5,000 – succeeding offense and revocation of DL

3. Obstruction

Obstructing the free passage of other vehicles on the highway while discharging or taking passengers or loading and unloading freight, or driving a motor vehicle is such a manner as to obstruct or impede the passage of any vehicle.


In our final article, we will feature the violations involving taxi units and other non-traffic violations that can still be fined and penalized by LTO and MMDA.

If you have questions about the LTO, traffic rules, fines and penalties, send us a short message and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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07 - 14

Our third installment on our LTO Fines and Penalties series is all about limits on cargo weight and illegal operation of motor vehicles, more particularly those that are used as public conveyance.  The fines are exorbitant, so make sure you stay within the limits set by the LTO and the MMDA if you belong in these categories.

Read on!

  1. Weights and Load Limits
Violation Fines and Penalties (Php)
1. Load extending beyond the projected without permit 500 – to be imposed upon the driver.
2. Axle overloading An amount equivalent to 25% of MVUC at the time of infringement on owner/operator or driver of trucks and trailers for loading beyond their registered gross weight, vehicle weight.  The penalty shall be waived for loads exceeding the registered GVW by a tolerance of less than 5%.  No motor vehicle shall be allowed to proceed on the roadway if either a dual-wheel axle load shall exceed 13,500 kgs. Or the vehicle load exceeds 150% of the maximum allowable gross weight.
3. Operating a passenger trtuck (bus) with cargo exceeding 160 kgs. 300 – to be imposed upon either the driver / operator / conductor.
4. Allowing more passenger and / or freight or cargo in excess of carrying capacity of MV 300 – to be imposed upon either the driver / operator or conductor.
5. Baggage or freight carried on top of truck exceeds 20 kgs. per square meter and not distributed in such a manner as not to endanger the passenger or stability of the truck. 400

2. Prohibited or Illegal Operation of Motor Vehicles

Violation Fines and Penalties (Php)
1. Out of line For Operators / Owners


1st offense – 6,000 for and additional 1,500 per day reckoned from the day of apprehension until the case was settled and suspension of registration and / or impoundment of MV for three months.


2nd offense – 6,000 and additional 2,000 per day reckoned from the day of apprehension until the case was settled and suspension of registration and / or impoundment of MV for six months.


3rd offense – 6,000 and additional 2,500 per day reckoned from the day of apprehension until the case was settled, revocation of registration and forever banned from applying for a franchise and / or revocation of franchise if franchise holder.


For Drivers:


1st offense – 250 and suspension of DL for three months.

2nd offense – 500 and suspension of DL for six months.

3rd offense – 750 and suspension of DL for one year.

2. Colorum Operation For operators and owners:


1st offense – 6,000 and additional 1,500 per day reckoned from the day of apprehension until the case was settled and suspension of registration and / or impoundment of MV for three months.


2nd offense – 6,000 and additional 2,000 per day reckoned from the day of apprehension until the case was settled and suspension of registration and / or impoundment of MV for six months.


3rd offense – 6,000 and additional 2,500 per day reckoned from the day of apprehension until the case was settled, revocation of registration and forever banned from applying for a franchise and / or revocation of franchise if franchise holder.


For drivers:


1st offense – 250 and suspension of DL for three months.


2nd offense – 500 and suspension of DL for six months.


3rd offense – 750 and suspension of DL for one year

3. Operating a motor vehicle with expired franchise (CPC) Driver – 500

Operator / owner / possessor of MV – 1,000 per day from the date of expiry to date of the CPC.

–          The place, OR/CR of the subject MV shall be suspended for 6 months from the date of apprehension in addition to the fines.

4. Operating or using a “for hire” motor vehicle different from its types of service mentioned in the CPC. First Offense:

For driver – 1,000

For operator – 3,000


–          For hire MOTOR VEHICLES used by the members of the family of the operator, during emergency cases is allowed.


Second offense:

For driver – 2,000

For operator – 4,000


–          And suspension of plates, OR/CR for six months


For subsequent offenses and suspension of DL, plate, OR/CR for one year

For driver – 3,000

For operator – 5,000


Next week, we will tackle violations on franchising and traffic policies.

If you have questions on LTO fines and penalties, send us a message and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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07 - 13

In the second installment of our series on LTO Fines and Penalties for erring drivers, please take note that this includes offenses committed by public utility drivers and operators.

Today, we are going to feature violations in connection with number plates, equipment, parts, accessories, devices, and markings of motor vehicles.  Lady drivers are strongly advised to go over this list too.

  1. Violations in Connection with Number Plates
1. MV number plates not firmly attached. 200
2. Obscure plates. 200
3. License plates different from body number on Public Utility Motor Vehicle. 500
4. Improper display of a motor vehicle permanent plate. 500
5. Display / Use of an expired commemorative plates or stickers. 2,000
6. Tampered / Marked plates or stickers. 2,000
7. Illegal transfer or use of MV regularly issued MV plates, tags or stickers except security plates on authorized motor vehicle. 10,000

–          Owners/operators are conclusively presumed to have committed the illegal transfer.

–          Drivers of MV involved in illegal transfer of plates or stickers shall suffer the suspension of their DL for three months.

–          If the MV with illegal transferred plates or stickers is used in the commission of a crime, its owner shall suffer the penalty of P12,000 fine and suspension of plates and registration certificate and Official Receipt for two years.


2. Violations Relative to Equipment, Parts, Accessories, Devices, and Markings of Motor Vehicles.

1. Operating MV with metallic tires in any public highways. 5,000
2. Defective brakes. 500
3. Use or installation of unnecessary lights in front and rear of a motor vehicle 300
4. Operating motor vehicle without head, tail, plate, and / or brake lights. 300
5. Without muffler 150
6. Without wiper 150
7. Dirty or unsightly or unsanitary MV 300
8. Dilapidated or defective MV 1,000

–          To hold release of plates until defect is corrected.

9. Failure to paint or improper painting of authorized route our PUJ, Filcabs, Shuttle Services, trucks for hire, taxis, and similar for hire motor vehicles operating with fixed routes. 500

–          To hold plates until defect is correct.

10. Non-painting of business or trade name. 500

–          To hold plates until defect is corrected.

11. Use of unauthorized or improvised plates. 300
12. Without or defective hand brakes. 200

–          To hold plates pending correction of defect.

13. Without or defective speedometer. 200

–          To hold plates pending correction of defect.

14. Without or defective windshield wiper. 200

–          To hold plates pending correction of defect.

15. Without rear view mirror. 200

–          To hold plates pending correction of defect

16. Without interior light. 200

–          To hold plates pending correction of defect.

17. Without name or business name and address of operator inscribed on both sides of MV for hire. 500

–          To hold plates or OR/CR until defect is corrected.

18. Unauthorized use of bell, siren, or exhaust whistle. 15,000

–          Forfeiture of said gadgets in favor of the government.

19. Without functional spare tire. 300
20. Without red flag or red lights on projecting end of load extending more than a meter beyond the bed or body, and in the evening red lights visible at least 50 meters away. 500
21. Failure to paint plate number on a motor vehicle for hire. 500

–          To be imposed upon the owner/ operator.

22. Failure to carry EWD 150
23. Failure to install EWD 4 meters from the front and rear of the stalled motor vehicle. 500

–          To be imposed upon the owner/driver.

24. Without capacity marking 375

–          To be imposed upon the owner.

25. Unauthorized installation of jalousies, painted windshield or colored windshield. 600

–          To be imposed upon the owner/driver.

26. Installation of dim/colored lights, strobe lights, dancing lights or similar lights. 600

–          To be imposed upon the owner/operator or motor vehicle.

27. Use or installation of heavily tinted colored/painted windshield or window glass. 600

–          To be imposed upon the owner/operator sun visor or light tinted are allowed.

28. Without permanent tail gate with inscription “not for hire” sign in a private jeepney. 500

–          To be imposed upon the owner.

29. Use/installation of a glaring/stainless object upon at the front and/or rear of a motor vehicle. 500

–          To be imposed upon the owner/driver.

Tomorrow we will focus on illegal operation of motor vehicles and load limits.  If you are an operator or driver of a public utility vehicle, don’t miss our feature story tomorrow.

For questions on traffic violations, fines, and penalties, drop us a line here.  We will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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05 - 18

The announcement that the Anti-distracted Driving Act will finally be enforced this week (today actually!) was met with a lot of questions from drivers, especially those that use navigation apps and other gadgets such as dash cameras.  If you read our previous article on this topic or have seen the news articles in the internet, you already have an idea of the exorbitant fees that will be charged anyone caught violating the law.  Quite obviously, the clamor for answers and clarifications was driven by the rather shocking fees you will have to pay if you so much as looked at your beeping phone while sitting behind the wheel.

We ran a research to find out what the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has to say about these questions.  We hope the following details gathered from the internet will help clear things out and set every driver’s mind at ease.

1.On the use of navigation apps installed on smartphones.

Question: Does this mean I could no longer use navigation apps while driving?

Answer: According to the LTO, drivers are still allowed to use these smartphone-based apps provided:

  • The driver sets the app BEFORE driving.
  • Uses a speaker to listen to the directions instead of looking at the smartphone screen.
  • Pulls over if he needs to reset his destination.

2. On the use of a mobile phone mount.

Question: Are mobile phone mounts included in the prohibitions?

Answer: No, for as long as the phone and the mount do not obstruct the driver’s view.

3. On the use of dash cameras.

Question: Should I now get rid of my dashcam?

Answer: Dashcams are allowed.  Just place it behind the rearview mirror so that, again, it does not obstruct the driver’s line of sight.

4. On the use of earphones while driving.

Question: Earphones are hands-free devices, am I allowed to use this while driving?

Answer: Yes but only to make or receive calls.  You should not use it to listen to music while on the road.

5. On heavily tinted cars whose drivers think they can “get away with it”.

Question: How will they know I’m using my mobile, they can’t see me!

Answer: This just in: The Department of Transportation now uses high-definition cameras that can detect light coming from devices inside heavily tinted cars.  Plus, enforcers are well-trained to distinguish if a driver is distracted by merely observing the car’s movement.

The law covers public and private vehicles, including bicycles, motorcycles, motorcycle taxis, “kalesas” or any other animal-driven wagons or carts.  Yes, no one is exempted, not even vehicles owned by the government.  According to the LTO Chief, violators can raise their contentions during the hearing at the LTO.  That simply means that enforcers will not let erring drivers slide and skedaddle without a violation ticket, no questions asked.

There you have it!  If you have other questions, feel free to post it here and we’ll try our best to dig deeper and find the answers for you.

Have a safe trip!

Reference: www.cnnphilippines.com

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05 - 16 (1)

In August of last year, we featured the details of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act and got various reactions from our readers.  Less than a year later, it will finally be enforced in all areas in the Philippines!

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, private and public utility drivers will no longer be allowed to use mobile devices behind the wheel, whether they are on the move or on full stop while waiting for traffic lights to change.

To refresh our memories, below are the salient points of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act and the penalties that await those who will insist on their exceptional multi-tasking abilities.

What is “Distracted Driving”?

In the bill, it is defined as:

  • “using a mobile communications device to write, send, or read text-based communication or to make or receive calls, and other similar acts.”
  • “an electronic entertainment or computing device to play games, watch movies, surf the internet, compose messages, read e-books, perform calculations, and other similar acts.”


  • You may use the mentioned mobile devices as long as it does not interfere with your line of sight.
  • You may make and receive calls as long as you do so using hands-free functions such as speakerphones and earphones.
  • You may use the device to make an emergency call.
  • Drivers of ambulances, fire trucks, and the like may use their mobile phones for as long as this is done in the scope of their duties and when responding to emergencies.

What are the fines and penalties if a driver violates the law?

  1. First offense – Php 5,000
  2. Second offense – Php 10,000
  3. Third offense – Php 15,000 and a 3-month suspension of your driver’s license
  4. Fourth offense –Php 20,000 and revocation of your driver’s license

MMDA and PNP are empowered to apprehend violators, whether private or public vehicles, including government and diplomatic vehicles, motorcycles, and tricycles.




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Back in October, a proposal to have students’ Christmas breaks be declared earlier than usual to help ease traffic congestion was raised.  The proposal was met with criticisms because it posed a negative impact on school calendars and significant activities such as periodical examinations and graduation ceremonies.

This week, a new proposal to address traffic woes became a trending topic in social media:  the 3-digit coding plan to be implemented in Metro Manila from December 1 until the first week of January.  This means that a vehicle will not be permitted to use major thoroughfares for two days, instead of one.

To better appreciate the scheme, below is a table of the days when a car is not permitted in Metro Manila roads, based on the last digit of the car’s plate number:


The significant increase in passenger and commercial vehicle sales this year influenced the DOTr’s decision to push for the 3-digit number coding scheme.  They thought it best to test the effectiveness of this plan next month when motorists and commuters are expected to double in number because of the holidays.

Are you in favor of driving your car only 3 days a week for the entire month of December?

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/21/16/suarez-wants-3-digit-number-coding-for-the-holidays



If your car’s plate number is on ‘coding’, you will have to wait until after 7:00PM before you can start driving down Metro Manila roads.  There will no longer be any ‘window hours’ between 10:00AM to 3:00PM, beginning October 25, 2016 that is.

According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), this is one of the sacrifices that all vehicle owners and operators must make in order to help ease Metro Manila traffic.  They said the public must not see it as a ‘punishment’.

On Edsa alone, the NCR’s main thoroughfare, about 7,500 vehicles pass per hour, per direction when it only has a capacity of 6,000 vehicles.  By canceling the window hours, Metro Manila roads will be relieved by as much as 20% of vehicle traffic from 7:00AM to 7:00PM during weekdays.  This is a much needed respite especially since the city is again bracing itself for the onslaught of the holiday traffic.  Should the scheme yield positive results, the Department of Transportation might consider keeping the scheme long after the holidays are over.

Tell us what you think about this new approach in solving our traffic problems.

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/822655/stricter-coding-starting-oct-25



If you’ve ever passed through Quezon Avenue or any of the Scout streets along Timog Avenue, between the rush hours of 5PM to 9PM, you know how crazy the traffic situation there can get.

If you are coming from the Espana Boulevard areas, you will notice jeepneys and UV Express vehicles racing against each other from Welcome Rotonda to Santo Domingo Church in an attempt to hoard all commuters waiting by the roadside.  Never mind that there are other private vehicles traversing the same road, trying to get home safely and on time.

Traffic starts to build-up at the Pantranco area, particularly by the footbridge where more passengers wait for public conveyance.  Traffic slows down to a crawl until the Delta intersection where vehicles from Panay Avenue, Edsa, and West Avenue meet.  A heavy downpour or defective traffic lights can render this intersection completely idle.  It is also the favorite spot of snatchers and worse, hold-uppers in spite of the presence of a make-shift police station only a few meters away from the road.

The Quezon City government will implement a new traffic scheme in this problematic area beginning tomorrow, September 15, 2016.  The fact that they decided to launch it on a payday (a bi-monthly occasion that is notoriously observed to be a major reason for traffic build-up in Metro Manila) is probably not a coincidence.  Ultimately, the objective is to shorten the travel time from Quezon Avenue to Welcome Rotonda, and back.

So what can commuters and drivers expect from this move?  Here is a list of the streets affected by the re-routing scheme:

Under the new traffic plan, there will be no right turns to:

  • E. Lopez Street corner Samar Avenue and Tomas Morato
  • GMA Network Drive corner Edsa and Samar Avenue
  • Mother Ignacia corner Edsa, Scout Borromeo and Sgt. Esguerra
  • Panay Avenue corner Dr. Garcia St., Roces, Scout Albano, Scout Borromeo, Scout Chuatoco, Scout Magbanua, Scout Reyes, and Timog
  • Scout Albano corner Quezon Avenue
  • Scout Bayoran corner Sgt. Esguerra, Sgt. Tuazon
  • Scout Madrinan corner Scout Tobias, Scout Ybardolaza and Tomas Morato
  • Scout Ybardolaza corner Sgt. Esguerra
  • Sgt. Esguerra corner E. Lopez, Panay Avenue, Scout Borromeo and Timog

There will be no left turns to:

  • E. Lopez corner Sgt. Esguerra
  • Mother Ignacia corner E. Lopez, Samar Avenue, Scout Borromeo, Scout Madrinan, Scout Tobias, and Sgt. Esguerra
  • Panay Avenue corner Dr. Garcia St., Roces Avenue, Scout Borromeo, Scout Chuatoco, Scout Magbanua, Scout Reyes, Scout Santiago, Sgt. Esguerra, and Timog Avenue.
  • Scout Albano corner Panay Avenue
  • Scout Bayoran corner Timog
  • Scout Madrinan corner Scout Torillo and Scout Tuazon
  • Sgt. Esguerra corner Mother Ignacia, Scout Bayoran, Scout Borromeo, Scout Ybardolaza, and Timog.

No Entry at:

  • Scout Tobias coming from Scout Borromeo and Sgt. Esguerra coming the 11th Jamboree.

The existing U-turn slots along Quezon Avenue from West Avenue intersection to Edsa will be closed while the intersection of Quezon Avenue corner Scout Borromeo and West 4th will be opened to traffic.

What do you think of this new approach?

Source: http://www.rappler.com/bulletin-board/146117-quezon-city-traffic-scheme-south-triangle-september-15


09 - 01

‘Carmageddon’, ‘May Forever’, and ‘Edsa Parking Lot’ are just some of the many monikers used by motorists and commuters to describe the seemingly endless traffic woes in Metro Manila.  People spend an average of two hours every day to get to their offices and another two hours to travel back home at night.  This could take longer during the rainy season when major roads and side streets are submerged in flood waters.  In 2015, CNN dubbed Metro Manila as having the ‘worst traffic on Earth’.  They extracted the data from a GPS-based navigation app’s evaluation of traffics around the world.  Sad.

Cities and municipalities in and around Manila are never without ideas to help alleviate traffic problems for its residents.  Earlier last month, a bill that will require car owners to show proof that they have ample parking spaces, was filed by a Senator.  If approved, parking on side streets will be prohibited, unclogging alternative routes for motorists to pass through easily.  This is seen to help lessen traffic volume in main thoroughfares especially during morning and evening rush hours.

The city government of Pasig proposed to implement an odd-even traffic scheme on some of its roads in an attempt to lessen traffic in their area.  The experimental phase of the proposal took effect today, September 1, 2016.

Here is how the scheme works:

  1. Vehicles with at least 4 wheels and with plate numbers ending in even numbers are not allowed to travel Pasig streets on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays.
  2. Vehicles with at least 4 wheels and with plate numbers ending in odd numbers are not allowed to travel Pasig streets on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  3. Roads covered by the traffic scheme are:
    • Elisco Road westbound;
    • R. Jabson Street northbound;
    • Intersection of Elisco Road, M. Concepcion Street, and R. Jabson Street;
    • San Guillermo Street eastbound; and
    • Sandoval Avenue northbound.

Exceptions to the rule:

  1. The scheme applies to private vehicles only.  Public utility vehicles can come and go as they please.
  2. Motorcycles are not covered as well.

The Pasig government is positive that the scheme will eventually earn the approval and appreciation of motorists.  They committed to monitor its proper implementation to maximize the experimental phase.

Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/579728/news/metro/pasig-odd-even-traffic-scheme-takes-effect-motorists-complain




It is now illegal to use your mobile phone while driving or temporarily stopped at a red light.  Mobile phone use include texting, calling, surfing the net, and all other such activities done on a phone or any electronic gadget that take the driver’s attention away from the road.

The law also clearly states how violators will be penalized for refusing to comply with the ADDA:

  • First offense – P5,000 fine
  • Second offense – P10,000 fine
  • Third offense – P15,000 fine and a 3-month suspension on your driver’s license
  • Fourth offense – P20,000 fine and revocation of your driver’s license.

The MMDA and PNP are empowered to enforce the law, nationwide.

Are there exceptions to the ADDA?

The ADDA aims to prevent road mishaps resulting from distracted driving.  In reference, distracted driving is the use or performance of the following while the vehicle is in motion or stopped at a red light:

  • Using a mobile communications device to write, send, or read text messages;
  • Make or receive calls;
  • Using an electronic device to read e-books, play games, watch movies, etc.

However, if the mobile device is being used through hands-free function such as a speaker phone, the driver is not deemed “distracted” and therefore, is not considered a violation of the law.  This is also applicable for motorists who are dependent on mobile driving and navigation apps, provided that the device does not interfere with the driver’s line of sight.

Another exception is when the driver is using the phone for emergency purposes as in the case of driving an ambulance.

Does this law discriminate between private and public utility vehicles?

Absolutely not.  It applies to all types of transportation, including government and diplomatic vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles.

The rules and guidelines of the ADDA are yet to be finalized and released to the public.






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