The planned single ticketing system being spearheaded by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has moved another step closer to implementation after a technical working group (TWG) doing the spadework on the project approved the final draft of the implementing rules called Metro Manila Traffic Code.
MMDA chair Romando Artes said the TWG would present the final draft of the code on Feb. 1 to the Metro Manila Council (MMC) consisting of 17 mayors in the National Capital Region (NCR) and currently headed by San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora.
“We will present this to the MMC on February 1. Once it is approved, each council of the 17 LGUs will pass an ordinance adopting this Metro Manila Traffic Code. This can be implemented after publication,” Artes said.
He added that they were looking to implement it in the first quarter of 2023.
“So we are looking at the first quarter if it can be implemented. Although, the interconnectivity between LTO (Land Transportation Office and LGUs (local government units), we are hoping to immediately procure the ICT equipment for the said interconnectivity,” Artes said.
“I think we are still on track with its full implementation including interconnectivity within the first quarter of this year,” he added.
The project proponents said under the single ticketing system, it would be easier for traffic violators in Metro Manila to settle the penalties through Bayad Centers or through mobile apps.
Meanwhile, concerned agencies have also proposed to increase penalties for traffic violators.