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Single ticketing at last?

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Among the big news on transport and traffic in Metro Manila this weekend is the resolution by the Metro Manila Council (MMC) to adopt a single ticketing system for traffic violations in Metro Manila. It took some time for this to be realized and such a system should be favorable to motorists and LGUs alike. The biggest issue in the past was how to divide the revenues derived from the penalties imposed on erring motorists (though some quarters will deny this). Many MM LGUs balked at the original proposal of the MMDA that the agency should get the bulk of the revenues. The MMDA explained that their enforcers were and are deployed along most roads and manage traffic in most of Metro Manila. Perhaps they were right in proposing for a substantial cut of the total revenues as many LGUs were dependent on the MMDA for traffic management.

Following is the news article from the Philippine Star:

MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila mayors have approved the resolution for the adoption of a uniform or single ticketing system for traffic violations in the metropolis.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino said the resolution was approved after a dialogue between Metro Manila mayors and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo at the Pasay City Hall last Thursday.
Representatives of transport groups – the Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers, Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila and Suburbs Drivers Association, and Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide – also joined the dialogue.
Tolentino said Robredo would present the resolution to President Aquino for approval.
“Without the single ticketing system, Metro Manila local government units (LGUs) and the MMDA use their respective traffic violation tickets. This runs counter to the 1995 MMDA Charter, mandating the MMDA to install and administer a single ticketing system,” said Tolentino.
He said the resolution paves the way for the implementation of a uniform traffic violation ticket bearing the MMDA logo and that of the 17 LGUs of Metro Manila.
“The uniform ticket will be issued by all traffic operatives within Metro Manila and shall be recognized metrowide,” he said.
Tolentino said a technical working group composed of the traffic heads of the 17 LGUs of Metro Manila, representatives of the Department of Transportation and Communications, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and the MMDA would be created to resolve the issues concerning the implementation of the unified ticket system.
The transport sector and the LGUs have until Feb. 2 to submit their comments and proposals on the matter, the MMDA said. – By Mike Frialde (Philstar News Service, http://www.philstar.com)

We look forward to the implementation of the single ticketing system for traffic violations in Metro Manila. Perhaps after the usual confusions and misunderstandings at the start of the integration, we will see a more systematic (and maybe stricter?) way of handling violations. This should, however, translate to better behavior among motorists as the system should influence how people drive. Otherwise, all the hype for single ticketing would have been to naught.

Perhaps the next single ticketing project should be for public transport fares?


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