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The MMDA intends to end the labeling of vehicles for NCAP infractions.

Following the issuance of a temporary restraining Order (TRO) by the Supreme Court late last month, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) asked the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to temporarily lift the tagging and alarm of vehicles apprehended under the No Contact Apprehension Policy (NCAP).

A significant number of motor vehicle owners and/or buyers whose vehicles are tagged and placed under an alarm with the LTO under the NCAP cannot renew and/or transfer the registration of their motor vehicles since their payment for fines cannot be accepted, according to MMDA acting Chairman Carlo Dimayuga III in a letter to LTO’s service provider Stradcom Corporation.

Dimayuga wrote in his letter, which was made public on Sunday, “Without violating the Supreme Court TRO and with the higher interest of public service, the MMDA hereby urges the Stradcom Corporation to temporarily suspend the tagging and alarm of the affected motor vehicles under the MMDA’s NCAP.”

The request further stated that “this will permit the owners and/or buyers to renew and/or transfer their registration with the LTO.”

Dimayuga highlighted that the request is unaffected by the Supreme Court’s ultimate ruling and will be reinstated if and when the top court upholds the NCAP’s legitimacy.

Vehicle owners detained by the MMDA NCAP who had not paid their fines even before the Supreme Court issued the TRO on August 30 are also covered by the interim lifting of alarm and tagging.

The agency promptly stopped implementing the NCAP once it was temporarily put on hold, including collecting fines until further notice.

The TRO halts NCAP-related programs and ordinances, and any arrests made by the aforementioned policy and regulations “will be forbidden pending further orders from the Court.”

The LTO and “any parties acting on its behalf” are prohibited from providing motorist information to any governmental entities, cities, or municipalities that are enforcing NCAP programs and ordinances by the order.

On January 24, 2023, oral arguments in the case are expected to begin.

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