MANILA – Motorists passing through Quezon City should be more mindful of traffic regulations as the No Contact Apprehension Program (NCAP) started its full implementation on Monday.
Violators will have 30 days to settle their fines but there will be a 30-day dry run where fines won’t be imposed yet, the local government announced during the launch at the Quezon City Hall compound.
State-of-the-art cameras with artificial intelligence technology will photograph and record the conduction stickers and plate numbers of vehicles that violate traffic rules.
When a camera detects a violation, the system will automatically generate a Notice of Violation (NOV) that will then be forwarded to the city government for review and approval.
Once approved, the registered owner will receive the NOV within 14 days.
Included in the NOV is a photograph of the motor vehicle with a timestamp in the place where the violation was committed, together with the corresponding details of the traffic violation.
After the dry run, the fine will be PHP2,000 for the first offense, PHP3,000 to PHP4,000 for the second offense, and PHP5,000 for the third offense, depending on the type of violation.
Signs will be placed where the cameras are located.
In a statement, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the NCAP will enhance road safety, alleviate traffic congestion, and instill traffic discipline among motorists.
Through the NCAP, the city government will be able to strictly enforce local traffic rules and regulations at all times, and at the same time, end corruption.
“Bawal na ang mga pasaway na driver sa Quezon City. Hindi natin habol sa programa na ito na kumita ang city government. Kapag walang natiketan, mas mabuti ito para sa lahat dahil ibig sabihin, disiplinado ang lahat ng motorista (Drivers who do not follow the rules are prohibited from entering QC. We are not after earning money. It’s better if nobody is fined because this means that all motorists in the city are well disciplined),” Belmonte said.
QC Department of Public Order and Safety head Elmo San Diego said that aside from ensuring traffic rules are properly imposed, it will also limit face-to-face interaction, thus decreasing the risk of transmission of Covid-19.
“Mawawala na ‘yung pakiusapan at ayusan (Bargaining and haggling will be avoided) with traffic enforcers and all motorists encouraged to follow all traffic rules and regulations,” San Diego said in another statement. (PNA)