Tag Archive: Traffic


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.

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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.

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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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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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11-29-1

If you are a frequent passenger of the MRT, you are in for a treat!

A new web application that helps commuters check the status of MRT’s stations has been recently launched and is gaining positive feedback from its users.

Imagine this: before heading out, you can go online and check the congestion levels at MRT stations so you would know which station would be less crowded, helping you plan your commute better.  If all stations are teeming with stranded passengers, then you can either take your car or find a different means to travel to your destination.  By being able to do all these before leaving your home or office, you save yourself a lot of time and be able to get to your destination with less hassle.

The web application is called Traincheck; it is easy to use and takes seconds to show you the information you need.  You can also download the mobile phone app version for convenience and mobility.

All you need to do is key-in the station where you wish to depart from, your destination, and the length of time you are willing to wait before you can leave.  Based on these information and through the help of footages from the Department of Transportation’s streams of MRT stations fed into a predictive algorithm, the system is able to tell the passenger which stations are heavily congested and the estimated time when crowds will thin out.  The system then tells the passenger when is the best time to head out to his desired MRT station, when lines are shorter and there are less passengers.

Apart from MRT information, the site also offers complete guides for Metro Manila commuters who wish to travel by jeepney, bus, or UV Express (FX).  It provides information on fares, travel time, and specific drop-off points.  You can even print out the maps and travel information so you won’t have to take out your mobile phones while on commute.

You can access the site at https://traincheck.sakay.ph/ or download the mobile app.

Tell us what you think about this new web application!

Sources:

http://technology.inquirer.net/56149/sakay-ph-launches-app-that-checks-mrt-congestion-levels

https://sakay.ph/

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11-24

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:

3digits

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

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09-20

While Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, it is also considered as the season when traffic is at its worst in Metro Manila.  The ‘ber’ months not only usher in cooler weather, it also seem to double the number of commuters traversing the whole stretch of Edsa looking for great deals at malls and bazaars, rushing to company Christmas parties and family reunions, and driving kids off to their school programs and recitals.  If traffic is bad on a regular working day, it hits a different level of madness when the Christmas season rolls in.

But, there’s hope.

On September 18, 2016, a Senator proposed to have this year’s school Christmas break be declared earlier than usual to help decongest the city’s main thoroughfares from traffic volume.  If kids are kept home during the first weeks of December, school buses and private cars would not need to convey students to schools, thereby, easing traffic in critical areas like the University Belt, Espana, Edsa, and Katipunan.  This will also help shorten the lines of commuters waiting for UV Express vans and buses at pick up points especially during weeknight rush hours.

Parents need not worry about their children missing too many days from school because these can be compensated by extending school days later on.  The government also admonished faculties from giving children too many assignments and projects to work on during the holidays.  The extended break must be spent by the students with their families instead of stressing over schoolwork.

The Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Transportation shall be requested by the Senate to discuss this proposal.

As a parent, teacher, or school administrator, do you agree with this proposal from the government?

Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/581839/news/metro/poe-moves-for-early-christmas-break-in-schools-to-help-ease-ncr-traffic

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09-15

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

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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

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No Garage No Car

Lawmakers are pushing for the passing and implementation of the “Proof-of-Parking Space Act” that is deemed to help Metro Manila’s worsening problem on traffic congestion.  Under this law, an individual will be required to present a proof of parking space before he can purchase a vehicle. Existing car owners will have to do the same when they have their cars registered at the Land Transportation Office.

The Situation

The side streets and narrow alleyways in Manila turn into car park areas when vehicle owners arrive home from work at night.  Two-way lanes turn into one-way streets shared by private and public vehicles during the early morning rush hours.  A 10-minute drive down an alley would take 20 to 30 minutes as you try to maneuver your way out of the clogged street, being careful not to break side mirrors jutting out of parked vehicles on both sides.  Alternate routes that are supposed to help decongest traffic build-ups in main thoroughfares are choked with vehicles that could neither move forward nor turn back because of very limited space.

The Issues

The public is divided on this topic; it is unpopular among families renting apartments and those staying in condominiums that have limited parking spaces.  It also raises an issue on the overall car sales industry in the country as regulations on purchasing a vehicle are expected to be more rigid if only to uphold the law.

What is your take on this bill?  Are you in favor of its implementation?

Sources:

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/496722/news/metro/as-side-streets-become-parking-lots-bill-seeks-to-require-garages-from-car-buyers

http://www.mb.com.ph/the-benefits-of-the-no-garage-no-car-policy/

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