No contact apprehension: Everything you need to know

Updated Sep 02, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive FYIs

New to driving in Metro Manila? Then read this.

If you’ve been driving in Metro Manila for some time now, you've probably heard of No Contact Apprehension. Some of you might even have experiences with this system. But what if you're a newbie driver and thus probably unaware of this?

A picture of a road in Metro Manila

In this day and age, authorities have to turn to tech to monitor the roads

To remedy that gap in your knowledge, let us share with you everything you need to know about the no contact apprehension policy and how it works.

What is the non-contact apprehension policy?

The non-contact apprehension or no contact traffic apprehension policy is a system that utilizes strategically placed digital cameras that are monitored by personnel through closed circuit televisions (CCTV). These are then used to capture images and videos of motorists who are violating traffic laws and regulations within Metro Manila.

That said, this system is maintained and operated by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). It also works in conjunction with the RFID provided by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) together with your license plate.

A picture of the MMDA traffic monitoring center

The MMDA traffic monitoring station

To find out if your car has been tagged for violating traffic rules via the no contact apprehension system, then you’ll have to check online. The only issue is that each city will have its own website for this.

Then again, all of these sites work similarly in that you’ll just have to input your car’s plate number or conduction sticker.

How does non-contact apprehension work?

In the event that a motorist committing traffic violations is recorded, the MMDA will then look for the erring car’s records in coordination with the LTO – Information Query Facility (LTO-IQF). The MMDA will then send a summons to the violator to his or her address. This address is the one indicated by the car’s registered owner.

After receiving the summons, a violator must pay the fine within seven days. This can be done via SM Bills Payment, LBC, and accredited Bayad Centers nationwide. And if one prefers, you can also visit the MMDA main office in Makati City.

A picture of the MMDA office in Makati City

The MMDA office in Makati City

However, if a motorist opts to disagree with the traffic violation indicated in the summons, he and she can also file a protest before the MMDA-Traffic Adjudication Division (MMDA-TAD). This is to be done within seven days of receiving the said summons.

Do note that the said summons will be sent by the MMDA through snail mail (Philpost). As such, non-contact apprehension summons usually takes some time before getting to their recipients.

What if I can't or won’t pay the fine?

In this case, the LTO will include your car’s license plate number in the alarm list. As such, one will not be able to renew a car’s registration until the penalties are paid and settled.

Do note also that if a person refuses the summons, the MMDA will nevertheless consider it as delivered.

The LTO RFID sticker

As mentioned, the LTO RFID sticker can work in conjunction with the MMDA’s no contact apprehension policy. The said RFID after all contains information regarding a vehicle, which can then be accessed by scanners. This of course is a much more reliable system than CCTV cameras.

A picture of a CCTV camera

They're watching you

For that to work though, a car’s owner should properly place the RFID sticker on his or her car’s windshield. Moreover, failure to install the RFID sticker on your car has a penalty of Php 5,000. It is, after all, considered as the car’s third plate number.

Did these answer your questions regarding the non-contact apprehension policy? If it did help you, keep reading here on Philkotse.com for more useful guides like this.

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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