MMDA, LTO ink deal to speed up data sharing on errant drivers

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Land Transportation Office have signed an agreement to link their data systems in order to fast track the sharing of information on errant drivers and vehicles.

This is expected to help with the identification and apprehension of those involved in traffic violations, and the imposition of penalties on drivers with multiple infractions.

MMDA Chair Romando Artes and LTO chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante signed the MOA for the LTO-MMDA System Interconnectivity Project.

This would make the MMDA’s traffic enforcement and apprehension systems more efficient, as it would give the MMDA real-time access to pertinent LTO records within the Land Transport Management System (LTMS), said Artes.

The LTMS is interconnected with allied parties such as vehicle sellers, insurance companies and government agencies like the Government Service Insurance System and Bureau of Customs, he noted.

“This will allow the MMDA to more swiftly determine the ownership and address of vehicle owners caught by its non-contact apprehension system (NCAP), so the parties involved can be informed and their violations settled,” he said.

Galvante said the agreement would also allow the LTO to take swift action on drivers with multiple violations as it would get timely data from the MMDA.

“With this agreement, we can quickly pinpoint drivers committing multiple traffic violations resulting in the suspension of their licenses and their mandatory training on road safety and traffic rules. Drivers with violations will also be prevented from receiving the new ten-year licenses that are now being granted by the LTO,” he said.

The MMDA will provide the LTO with data starting from 2016 and will furnish it with new records of these violations, apprehensions and alarms on a daily basis.

Both agencies will also share data on alarms for motor vehicles involved in traffic violations or incidents, so that parties can be more swiftly apprehended or informed of their violations.