By Tracy Cabrera
An MMDA traffic enforcer checks a re-routed traffic flow. (Photo credits: PhilKotse)
PASIG CITY, METRO MANILA — Traffic violators need to be more careful now in obeying traffic regulations as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) have already inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that interconnects their data systems for quicker sharing of information on motorists and vehicles involved in traffic violations and apprehensions.
The MOA was signed recently by concurrent MMDA chairman Atty. Romando Artes and LTO chief assistant secretary Edgar Galvante establishing the LTO-MMDA System Interconnectivity Project which calls for daily data-sharing between MMDA’s data systems and LTO’s Land Transport Management System (LTMS).
According to Artes, the data-sharing accord will bolster their law enforcement and traffic apprehension functions via more active and timely data-sharing and will help boost road safety by swiftly identifying and weeding out drivers and vehicles involved in multiple violations and traffic incidents.
The MMDA chairman added that the MOA will make the MMDA’s traffic enforcement and apprehension systems more efficient, with real-time access to pertinent LTO records within the LTMS.
“The LTMS is the LTO’s own data repository and services backbone that is online and client-based, allowing access to stakeholders 24/7. Aside from driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations, and vehicle safety inspection records, the LTMS is now interconnected to allied parties like vehicle sellers, insurance companies, and government agencies like the Government Service Insurance System and Bureau of Customs,” he explained.
“This will allow the MMDA to more swiftly determine the ownership and address of vehicle owners caught by its non-contact apprehension system (NCAP), so the parties involved can be informed and their violations settled,” he further noted.
Based on the new partnership, the NCAP will be enhanced through an email/text message notification that will serve as advance notification to the traffic violators but they will still be receiving a printed copy of the notice for the complete details of the apprehension. (ai/mtvn)