Tag Archive: Traffic Violation


June 11

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.

  1. 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).

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1.  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.

 

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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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.

200
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.

200

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 - 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
VIOLATION PENALTIES (PHP)
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.

VIOLATION PENALTIES (PHP)
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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02-03-1

If your vehicle spews dark, toxic fumes, you should be apprehended by a Land Transportation Office (LTO) deputy wearing a green ID, while a UV Express conveying passengers in areas that are not within its designated route should be apprehended by one wearing a blue ID.

And so goes the most recent project of the LTO in yet another attempt to instill discipline and order in day-to-day traffic in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

The LTO deputized officers from the DENR, DPWH, and the Highway Patrol Group to deal with specific road violations and issue the corresponding sanctions.  Each deputy officer is issued a color-coded ID that will clearly identify the agency he represents and the violations covered by his jurisdiction.  It is also an added means to ensure that the officer apprehending a driver or vehicle owner is duly authorized by the LTO.  This is in light of recent reports where drivers plying Metro Manila’s main thoroughfares are apprehended by individuals posing as officers from the HPG or LTO.  These encounters often result to extortion and harassment especially among female drivers.

What do the colors mean?

a. Orange ID cards

These are worn by personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).  They are tasked to call out drivers with overloaded vehicles.

b. Green ID cards

These are worn by deputized officers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and are tasked to apprehend smoke-belchers.

c. Blue ID cards

These are for Highway Patrol Group officers as well as MMDA deputies who are on the lookout for franchise violators.

d. White ID cards.

An officer bearing a white ID card is an LTO personnel who is authorized to apprehend drivers for all traffic violations.

The public is encouraged to cooperate in the government’s effort to instill discipline on the road by proactively asking for the officer’s ID when apprehended.  Deputized personnel should not be implementing rules except for the color they are assigned to.  Should a driver be issued a traffic ticket that is beyond the designation of the issuing officer, LTO’s system will be alerted and the officer’s privileges will be revoked.

Already, this move by the LTO has received numerous negative reactions from the public.  Drivers are calling for an awareness campaign from the government to help them become more familiar with the color codes.

Do you agree with the color-coded IDs of LTO traffic deputies?  Let us know what you think!

Source:

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/01/17/lto-color-codes-traffic-deputies-ids-to-show-scope-of-duties

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MMDA

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) re-implemented the No Contact Traffic Apprehension Policy last April 15, 2016.  This approach in monitoring traffic flow and violations in Metro Manila utilizes CCTV cameras and other gadgets to identify drivers that go against traffic rules in Metro Manila.  Violators are issued summons from the MMDA through personal service of an MMDA personnel, registered mail, or courier service.  When the vehicle owner receives the summon or violation notice, he has to settle the fine at the MMDA main office or through any of MMDA’s payment centers.

Here is a step-by-step process on how to settle your MMDA Traffic Violation:

1. If your violation notice has not exceeded 7 days yet, you may pay your fine at the nearest Metrobank branch or any of the following MMDA payment centers below:

  • Meralco Complex – Gate 2, Ortigas Ave., Pasig City
  • Pinagkamaligan, Tanay – MA Roxas St., Brgy. Pinagkamaligan (beside Meralco Office)
  • Tropical Hut Taytay – Ortigas Ave., Ext., Corner E. Rodriguez Ave., Taytay, Rizal
  • Ever Commonwealth
  • Gulod Novaliches – 873 Quirino Hi-way (beside Meralco Nova).
  • Pritil, Tondo – Juan Luna St., (beside Puregold Pritil), Tondo, Manila
  • Cangatba, Porac – Cangatba (back of Municipal Hall of Porac), Porac, Pampanga
  • Ultra Mega Paliparan – Paliparan Road (inside Ultra Mega Supermarket), Dasmarinas, Cavite
  • Zapote Arcade – beside Puregold Zapote, corner Quirino, Zapote Road.
  • Romacom, Muntinlupa – Romacom Bldg., (beside PNB Poblacion), Muntinlupa City

2. If your violation notice has exceeded 7 days, you need to proceed to the MMDA Redemption Office located at Edsa cor. Orense St., Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City.  Pay your clearance fee at Window 1.

3. If you have more than 3 unpaid violations, you need to attend the Traffic Academy and secure a Certificate of Attendance before you can pay the total amount of your accumulated violations.

4. For any disputes or contentions on your violation notice, you may proceed to the MMDA Traffic Adjudication Division.

Before proceeding to the MMDA office or before making any payments, make sure that the violation was issued by an MMDA enforcer.  Check with a local traffic enforcer.

Violators who refuse to pay their fines, in spite of receiving a Final Notice from the MMDA, will not be allowed to renew their vehicle’s registration.  The violator and details of the vehicle will also be included in the Alarm List and will be reported to LTO.

Source:  http://www.mmda.gov.ph/index.php/20-faq/293-procedure-in-settling-your-mmda-issued-traffic-violations

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LTFRB

Kaskaserong driver?  Mabilis na metro ng taxi?  Ayaw magbaba sa tamang hintuan?  Ngayon, may mapag susumbungan na tayo!

Ang Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ay nag lunsad ng kanilang 24 x 7 hotline na maaaring tawagan sa pamamagitan ng landline at mobile phones.  At dahil may mobile numbers sila, maaari din silang tumanggap ng text messages at Viber messages.  Maaaring magpadala ng mga litrato (tulad ng mga banggaan, aksidente sa daan, o ng mga driver mismo na nais ireklamo.)  Ang serbisyong ito ay available nationwide.

Lahat ng reklamo sa mga pampublikong sasakyan tulad ng jeepney, UV Express, taxi, bus, at iba pa ay maaari nang itawag o i-text sa kanilang hotline numbers.  Ito ay tutugunan ng mga authorized representatives ng LTFRB, araw man o gabi.

Ang Proseso ng LTFRB

Ang unang aalamin ng LTFRB representative ay kung payag bang mag attend ng hearing ang nagrereklamo.  Kung payag sila, ipadadala ng LTFRB ang kanilang complaint sa Legal Division para ma-isyuhan ng summon ang inireklamong driver, ang operator ng sasakyang minamaneho nito, at ang nagreklamong pasahero.  Sakali naman na hindi makapag commit ang nagreklamong pasahero na siya ay makaka attend ng hearing, padadalhan ng Show Cause Order (SCO) ang inireklamong driver para mabigyan siya ng pagkakataong maipaliwanag kung bakit hindi siya dapat maparusahan dahil sa nai-report na violation.

Hinihikayat ng gobyerno ang kooperasyon ng mga mamayan na gamitin ang mga hotline numbers para i-report ang mga PUV drivers na mapang abuso sa mga commuters at hindi sumusunod sa mga batas trapiko.  Sinisiguro ng LTFRB na ang kanilang mga linya ay bukas ano mang oras at may sasagot na operator na handang tumulong sa mga nangangailangan sa daan.

Narito ang mga numero na maaari nating tawagan:

Landline callers within Metro Manila: 1342

Landline callers outside Metro Manila: 02-1342

Smart/Sun/Talk ‘n Text: 0998-550-1342

Globe and TM: 0917-550-1342

Source: http://www.gov.ph/2015/09/16/247-ltfrb-hotline-launched/

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