Discontented with the implementation of the “no contact apprehension policy” (NCAP) for its strict monitoring of motorists against traffic violations via closed-circuit television system, four (4) transport groups are asking the Supreme Court for it to cease.

Comprising of Altodap, Pasang Masda, Alliance of Concerted Transport Organizations, and Kilusan sa Pagbabago ng Industriya ng Transportasyon Inc., the petitioners filed a 47-page petition demanding the program to be deemed unconstitutional.

In the petition, the motorist groups argued that NCAP is causing motorists discomfort by being “under constant threat of being arbitrarily apprehended remotely and issued notices of violation for alleged traffic offenses committed without any contact whatsoever.”

Meanwhile, in the five major cities in Manila where NCAP is in place, the mayors rally behind the program claiming that it helped in curbing the usual problems with traffic and even decrease the number of corruption cases among enforcers.

Valenzuela Mayor Wes Gatchalian strongly supports NCAP, telling how they plan to continue on its implementation unless otherwise directed by a court order.

Playing the mediator, Land Transportation Office Chief Teofilo Guadiz III is asking the mayors for discourse with the agency, alongside Metro Manila Development Authority, to establish a uniform guideline that is also favorable to not only the motorists but also the cities and the agencies enforcing it.

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