It’s not easy driving in Manila. I remember 2 years ago, I was a new driver back then, I feel really nervous driving from Alabang to Padre Faura, Quezon City and Pasay City. (My close friends know this, hahaha). For me these are the most complicated roads to drive. Traffic enforcers, either police or an MMDA officer adds to pressure. Because you’ll never know, who works for real or who’s just out there to bribe money from drivers. Lady drivers are their favorite victim. In my 4 years of driving, I’ve been caught thrice, first offense is number coding in Las Pinas, I appreciate the honest traffic enforcer, he confiscate my license and instructed me to redeem my license in Las Pinas City Hall. Then my second offense is beating the red light, when I still go in orange light, in Makati City, and MMDA officer told me that if I’ll get my license in Makati City Hall I would pay Php2,800, but he can just forgive me if I’ll pay him Php500, so I bribe him for Php500, I’m trying to lower it to Php200, pero ayaw nya. I don’t want to bribe as much as possible but I also don’t want to pay that much for an offense that I never really do. After this incidence, I research about traffic rules in the Manila and this is what i got from MMDA website FAQ link. http://www.mmda.gov.ph/faq.html
Below information should be known by every Filipino drivers. It is our sresponsibility to know current country rules and rights. I believe that there are corrupt government officials because we are unaware of these basic important information. I’m sharing this to you, I advise that you print this, have a copy of this in your car and show this to traffic enforcers every time you get caught.
- 10 Things That Drivers Should Know (Updated May 25, 2011) http://www.mmda.gov.ph/faq.html
- What are the most recent rules on number coding (UVVRP), including changes per city/municipality? http://www.mmda.gov.ph/faq.html
(Updated December 6, 2011)
- Number Coding Exemptions (Updated as of Nov. 12, 2010) http://www.mmda.gov.ph/faq.html
- What is the procedure in settling your outstanding ticket? http://www.mmda.gov.ph/faq.html
- What is the protocol for Traffic Officers when apprehending traffic violators? http://www.mmda.gov.ph/faq.html
- Traffic Violations and Penalties http://www.mmda.gov.ph/penalties.html
I have a copy of this in my car. I’ve been caught twice after i knew all these things, every time i’m caught, I asked traffic enforcers of my penalty, and what they told me was not in the official Traffic Violation List. Because I am aware now, I was able to save myself from bribing someone and being bribed by someone. It’s our responsibility to know our rights and responsibilities. It’s time to face traffic enforcers, admit our violation if there’s really one, and tell them up front if we know that we don’t violate any. Be a responsible driver!