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Metro Manila Council okays ‘final draft’ of ‘STS’

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THE technical working group (TWG) of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) has approved the final draft of the Metro Manila Traffic Code for the proposed ‘Single Ticketing System’ (STS) for traffic violations covering the National Capital Region.

According to MMC chair and San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, all Metro Manila mayors gave their nod for the implementation of the unified ticketing system.

The TWG is composed of representatives from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Land Transportation Office (LTO) and MMC’s local traffic bureau heads.

Zamora said that members of the TWG met last January 19, 2023, to iron out the details of the STS, adding they are eyeing to implement the same within the first quarter of this year or by the month of March.

Under the new ticketing scheme, the MMDA and LTO will tag the digital records of erring motorists to ensure they would not be able renew their driver’s license.

Violators, however, may pay their traffic fines online.

The MMDA said that the TWG now agreed on the final 20 most common traffic violation penalties, which will be imposed in all Metro Manila local government units (LGUs), as well as interconnectivity requirements with the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) of the LTO.

It was also agreed that the MMDA would provide the funds to purchase the hardware and I.T. requirements needed for the rollout of the LGUs’ integration with the LTMS.

MMDA chairman Romando Artes said that after a series of consultations with the LGUs and transport sector, the agency finalized the standard fines to be imposed on motorists for violations.

Artes said that the system will likewise benefit motorists because it will provide ease of payment through digital payment channels which can be accessed by apprehended motorists anywhere.

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