Mandaue City to launch no-contact apprehension program to detect erring motorists

THE Mandaue City Government is set to implement its no-contact apprehension program (NCAP) in enforcing traffic regulations in the city and catching motorists who violate traffic laws if they see no enforcers standing in the middle of the road.

The Mandaue City Public Information Office (PIO) posted on its Facebook page Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, that the program will be the first of its kind in Metro Cebu that will not require the physical presence of traffic enforcers to administer violation tickets to drivers who have violated traffic rules. NCAP uses technology to accurately capture the license plate and conduction sticker of the vehicles of erring motorists.

The City has partnered with a private company for a “proof of concept” to test the program on the roads of the city.

Lawyer John Eddu Ibañez, executive secretary to the mayor, said the hardware including cameras and other gadgets is undergoing installation on A.C. Cortes St. and A. Del Rosario St.

“We will announce once the system is online,” he said in a text message to SunStar Cebu.

“This is still in the proof of concepts (POC) stage. The private partner will demonstrate the applicability of the system in the city,” he added.

Through NCAP, all recorded violations will be forwarded to the Motor Vehicle Registration Alert System of the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

A notice of violations will be generated by the system and it will be mailed to the registered residential address of the owner of the vehicle, informing them to settle their obligations.

Penalties that remain unsettled within the time frame given will be kept in records of the LTO. The motor vehicle owners will have to shoulder an additional burden such as paying higher penalties when renewing the registration of their motor vehicles.

The PIO said in its post that through this apprehension system, it is hopeful that there will be a decrease in those abusive and reckless drivers.

The NCAP has been implemented for years already in Metro Manila and Quezon City was the latest LGU to launch the program last Oct. 11 of this year.