By Jose Rodel Clapano, November 16, 2023; The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The city government of San Juan launched yesterday the single ticketing system as part of establishing a uniform policy on traffic violations and penalties in Metro Manila.

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, president of the Metro Manila Council, Land Transportation Office (LTO) regional director Noreen San Luis-Lutey and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Romando Artes led the launch at the San Juan city hall atrium.

Zamora said the city government will fully implement the single ticketing system in the city six months after its pilot run in May.

“Before, if you were given a traffic ticket and you license was confiscated, you have to go to the city hall of the city where you were caught just to redeem it and pay a fine. Now, that is no longer necessary,” he added.

The MMDA turned over 30 handheld devices to the city government. The devices will be used by city traffic enforcers to issue traffic citation tickets to violators who commit any of the 20 common traffic violations.

Under the Metro Manila Traffic Code of 2023 or the Single Ticketing System, the 20 common offenses are “disregarding traffic signs, illegal parking (attended and unattended), number coding, truck ban, light truck ban, reckless driving, unregistered motor vehicle, driving without license, tricycle ban, obstruction, dress code for motorcycle, overloading, defective motorcycle accessories, unauthorized modification, arrogance or discourteous conduct by the driver, loading and unloading in prohibited zones, illegal counterflow and overspeeding.

The fines for these violations range from P500 to P5,000. Erring motorists may be compelled to attend seminars, depending on the nature and level of the violation.

Motorists may pay on the spot through GCash, Maya and credit and debit cards, Zamora said.

He added that a minimal convenience fee of P7 will be charged for every transaction with GCash, Maya and Landbank and a one percent convenience fee if payment is made through credit or debit cards.