The confiscation of driver’s licenses of traffic violators is temporarily suspended in Makati City, Mayor Abigail Binay announced on Friday.
Binay thanked members of the City Council for their fast approval of City Ordinance 2022-A-167, noting its significance, especially during this time of the year when traffic is being experienced everywhere because of the holiday rush.
“I am very grateful to our hardworking city council for the fast passage of this ordinance. It gives respite to both our traffic enforcers and motorists, especially during rush hours,” she said.
The city chief executive, however, clarified that motorists should still follow traffic regulations to avoid being issued a violation ticket. “Non-confiscation of driver’s license does not clear errant motorists of their violation, hence, we encourage them to abide by the traffic rules,” she said.
Section 2 of City Ordinance No. 2022-A-167 states that any person who shall violate any provision of City Ordinance No. 2003-089, otherwise known as the Traffic Management Code of the City of Makati, shall be issued an Ordinance Violation Receipt (OVR).
The person who has been issued an OVR has five days to pay the corresponding penalty. Failure to pay within the aforementioned period shall accrue corresponding penalties/interests pursuant to the provisions of the said Code, and other existing laws.
On Dec. 13, Public Safety Department officer-in-charge lawyer Michael Arthur Camiña issued a directive to all traffic enforcers to issue ordinance violation report to erring motorists without confiscating their driver’s license.
Just recently, the 17 mayors of Metro Manila agreed to suspend the confiscation of driver’s licenses of errant motorists to give way to the creation of the proposed single ticketing system in the region.