Wednesday, November 29, 2023

No contact apprehension for traffic violations goes in full force in QC

The No Contact Apprehension Program (NCAP) in Quezon City went into full force on Monday.

With NCAP, the violations of motorists are recorded through a series of sophisticated cameras, and the motorist will receive a notice of violation with corresponding fines, which the violator has to settle immediately.

“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 in Filipino.

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 P2,000 for the first offense, P3,000 to P4,000 for the second offense, and P5,000 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.

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.

“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.

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