Higher fines eyed for traffic violations

Posted at 01/30/14 12:17 AM

MANILA -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is in talks with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to raise the fines and penalties of traffic violations.

Lawyer Roberto Cabrera III, LTFRB executive director, said they will present the proposal to Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Jose Abaya soon.

"Masyado mababa ang penalties. In fact, we are now in full cooperation, and we are working closely, with the MMDA and LTO. Mahirap ang kanya-kanya, pare-pareho lang naman kami ng objectives," Cabrera said.

Meanwhile, LTO spokesperson Jayson Salvador said the LTO is looking at faster processes for registration and licensing, now that is it under new management.

"We are looking at streamlining the processes even further, para hindi na mahirapan ang taumbayan and won't utilize anymore fixers. We now have branches in malls, which is mas convenient. After all, this is what the government wants, to bring services closer to the people," he said.

Salvador also admitted that they have a backlog in the issuance of plate numbers, which they are now trying to step up, but remains hopeful that the new plate numbers will be issued to motorists next month.

According to Salvador, the new plates -- black on white -- will be visible from a distance. It will also have a special screw which would prevent it from being stolen.

"Pag tinaggal ang screw, masisira na rin yung plaka, so hindi na mapapakinabangan," Salvador said. -- report from dzMM