Manila launches no-contact traffic apprehension program

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    THE city government of Manila yesterday launched the no-contact traffic apprehension program (NCAP) in all major thoroughfares in the nation’s capital to reinforce efforts to impose road discipline.

    “Either they drive safely or risk being caught by the city’s digital traffic eye and pay a huge fine,” Mayor Isko Moreno said during the launch of the program at the intersection of Quirino and Taft Avenue in Malate.

    Moreno noted the challenges being faced by the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau when it comes to road safety violations, noting that more than 500,000 vehicles use the city’s roads on a daily basis.

    The MTPB has more than 1,000 enforcers deployed to manage the city’s main streets and roadways but the number is not enough, according to Moreno.

    Under the system, strategically-placed NCAP cameras take photos of vehicles violating traffic rules, with the license plate number sent to the MTPB which processes the information sourced from the Land Transportation Office.

    The MTPB will then send a notice of violation to the vehicle owner. Notices are usually sent within two weeks from the commission of the violation via registered mail.