Transport groups ask TRO vs no contact apprehension policy

The matter of the “no contact apprehension policy” or NCAP has reached the Supreme Court (SC) after some transport groups petitioned and asked the magistrates to stop the program’s implementation.

In a report by GMA News “24 Oras” this Tuesday, it was said that the SC ordered the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and local governments in Metro Manila that implement the NCAP to respond and comment on the petition.

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The LGUs implementing the no contact apprehension policy and commenting on the SC are Manila, Quezon City, Parañaque City, City, and City.

Under NCAP, motorists who violate traffic laws will be caught using only the camera.

But some groups complain that, apart from the fact that the alleged violation was not appealed, the fine is also said to be expensive.

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LTO chief and Transportation Assistant Secretary Teofilo Guadiz III explained that they are not involved in the program’s implementation.

Guadiz also asked the LGUs to suspend the implementation of the NCAP so that some program policies could be studied and reviewed.

Transport groups ask TRO vs no contact apprehension policy

Recently, Surigao del Norte Rep. in the House of Representatives investigated the complaints of some drivers and motorists against NCAP.

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The congressman wants to know if the NCAP implemented by the LGUs and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is in accordance with the law.

While NCAP is well-intentioned to discipline motorists and drivers, Barbers said there is a need to ensure that the program cannot be used or abused.

Despite the complaints against the no contact apprehension policy, MMDA Task Force Special Operations chief Bong Nebrija said this Tuesday in a public briefing, that he is in favor of implementing the system nationwide.

“Mas mabuti po kung nationwide po i-implement ito. Lahat ng siyudad po ay kung i-implement ito mas mabuti nang para sa ganun uniform tayo,” said Nebrija.

The No Contact Traffic Apprehension is a regulation that uses CCTV, digital cameras, and/or other devices or technology to collect and photographs from arresting vehicles violating traffic laws, rules, and regulations.

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