Know your rights when you get stopped by a Filipino Traffic Enforcer.
This came from a former colleague of a member of Brits in the Philippines who now consults for the MMDA.
May be helpful for those annoying moments you get stopped by Traffic Enforcers.
MMDA Rules on NUMBER CODING, SWERVING, WINDOW HOURS, etc
1. SWERVING is NOT a traffic violation. Swerving is defined as shifting 2 or more lanes very quickly. Moving one lane to the left or right is not swerving, no matter where on the road you do it. And it is even less of a violation when you do it with a signal. Call the Metro Base for help.
Kotong (Extortionist) cops love to arrest people for swerving. What you can do:
Confidently and politely assert your knowledge of the rules and your rights. Ask for a ticket and the name of the arresting officer. The ticket will identify the policemen and serve as evidence if you complain against them at the MMDA for extortion.
Drop the name of Corazon Jimenez, MMDA General Manager, who is in charge of these MMDA cops. (She is a graduate and former professor of AIM; personally recruited by MMDA Chairman Tolentino also of AIM.)
2. MMDA has confirmed that YOUR LICENSE MAY NOT BE CONFISCATED at a traffic apprehension. The only time they can do so is if you are part of an accident, or it is your third violation and you have not settled your fines yet.
Police officers are only allowed to give you a ticket, which you can contest. Take the ticket in some instances, so that you can report the officer who did it.
Also, ask these officers for their written “Mission Order” by their supervisor. If they apprehend you for a violation that is not in their mission order for the day, you can report them for disciplinary action.
3. If a vehicle is apprehended with a Senior Citizen on board, said vehicle is exempt from the regulation and cannot be fined–provided that the Senior Citizen on board has his Universal White Senior Citizen card (the one used at restaurants). If the cop insists, refer him to Mr. Hermenegildo San Miguel of Makati City Hall, Tel. Nos 819-3270 & 819-3271.
4. NUMBER CODING and WINDOW HOURS
No window hours: Makati, Malabon and Las Pinas. Number Coding is 7 am — 7 pm
No number coding: Taguig, Marikina and Paranaque. So, feel free to
roam around these cities anytime.
Pasig City: Window hrs 9 am — 4 pm
Number Coding except on: Ninoy Aquino Avenue, MIA Road, Domestic Road, portions of Airport Road, Sales Road, Tramo.
San Juan: Window hours
EDSA, C5, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Ave. Roxas Blvd (Pasay): window hours regardless of the city (meaning, one can drive via EDSA in Makati any day).
Metro Manila (Caloocan, Mandaluyong, Manila, Muntinlupa, Navotas, parts of Pasay, Pateros, Quezon City, Taguig, and Valenzuela): Number coding window hours 10 am-3 pm.
5. MMDA officers are not allowed to group together in order to apprehend. They are not even allowed to stand together in groups of 2 or more.
The only time they are allowed to work together is for special operations (probably when they apprehend groups of buses for smoke belching)
6. Using the yellow lane is a traffic violation and will get you a ticket. However, buses are really not allowed to go out of the yellow lane, so if you see selective apprehension of private cars only, you may complain.
7. Report abuses to: Mr. Antonio Pagulayan (Personnel Officer)
Call: MMDA hotline (163) or call the METRO BASE at 0920 938 9861 or 0920 9389875and ask for an Inspectorate. They will send inspectors to the place where these MMDA officers are extorting.