By Rjhay E. Laurea
QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) met with representatives of local government units and transport groups to further polish the no contact, no apprehension policy (NCAP) implementation.
Among the LGUs who attended the consultation was the QC government which already confirmed they will take into consideration the inputs of LTO.
Yesterday, LTO chief and Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Teofilo Guadiz III appealed to local government units (LGUs) that are already implementing the NCAP to suspend and consider reviewing such traffic policy.
Guadiz encouraged the LGUs to sit down with the LTO to iron out guidelines, including the complaints of operators of public utility vehicles that they are the ones who are forced to pay the fines for traffic violations committed by their drivers.
As a reaction, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, one of the cities implementing NCAP, welcomed LTO’s recommendation.
“Thank you to the LTO for their recommendations. These are duly noted and shall be seriously considered,” she said.
Belmonte said that in the initial report submitted to her by City Administrator Mike Alimurung, among the issues that were discussed in the NCAP Dialogue are the high penalties, operators being penalized not the driver, and questions on the 60-40 arrangement between provider and the LGU.
A workshop will be held to be led by LTO for a common format/process for the transfer of NOV to the driver committed by the driver of a vehicle to relieve the vehicle owner/operator of the burden from payment of fines and put an alert/ alarm to the driver’s database at LTO.
“So far – no suspension (of implementation was tackled). The discussion was to come up with a process so that the driver and not the operator (for public vehicles) is the one who is penalized. This could be done by having operators submit their list of drivers so that the proper person is charged. Or when we provide notice, we can provide a notice asking the operator to provide the info of the driver within X days,” Alimurung said in a forwarded message to Belmonte.(ai/mtvn)