The Dos and Please Dont’s when you get apprehended by a traffic enforcer

Shara Mae Balce
PUBLISHED September 10, 2018 08:15 am
Art by Dani Elevazo

Monstrous traffic congestion can be a cause for headaches and rising tempers, but it should not be an excuse to not follow the traffic rules as it often ends up to an encounter with a traffic enforcer which can only add up to heavier traffic flow and a horrible story—only if you’re not prepared.


Thus, apart from knowing the traffic rules, it is of equal importance to know the dos and don’ts during traffic apprehensions so you don’t panic (or cause a scene). Here are few to help you with:


During Apprehensions


Do not be altered by another slip-up particularly on the road set-up.


Do ask the enforcer courteously about your violation. And, yes, you have the right to ask for the enforcer’s own witten mission order issued by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Central Admin. The written mission order should include: officer’s area of responsibility; time of duty; official function; and whether or not they are authorized to issue tickets.This is to verify the validity of apprehension.


Don’t blindly follow what the officer says. But also, do not be too defensive. Use your rights when needed.


Don’t give bribes especially when you fall with corrupt enforcers who obviously hint on taking some cash out of you. Of course, do not insist just to wiggle out of the situation because we do not tolerate this crooked act, okay?


Please don’t resort to aggressions like ‘oh, c’mon show me your vim and let’s have a fist fight!’—that’s a NO-NO. You don’t want multiple violations, do you?


Confiscation of Driver’s License


It is not the end of the world when the traffic enforcer asks for your “identification.” Just trust the right process.


You do have the right to hold back your driver’s license until the enforcer tells you the main reason why he is confiscating it.


Do surrender your license and other pertinent documents as requested in case you really violated the law.  If you refuse to do so, the enforcer has the right to take out your plate instead.


Don’t alight from your car, shout at the enforcer, and throw your license to his face. Keep calm, friend. This will just heat up the situation.


Please don’t try to drive away from the enforcer most especially when he/she clearly stated what your violation is. You don’t want to get stuck up in another congestion, perhaps cause another accident or get impounded, right?


When you’re having an argument with the traffic enforcer,


Do make a call with the MMDA hotline 136, or the Metrobase at 0917-527-7304 and ask to send inspectors to the place where the argument is taking place.


Please do avoid stating foul words against the enforcer and try to remember every details of the incident which you may need in case you will be asked about your complaints against the erring traffic enforcer. You may also e-mail MMDA through email@mmda.gov.ph together with photos or videos (if possible) so authorities will be able to act promptly on your protest.


The moral lesson? It is important to not just know the traffic rules and regulations, but also to follow them. Yup, that’s the easiest way to have a hassle-free trip and avoid getting flagged down. And if ever you got flagged down knowing you did no wrong, we hope the guide above helps you. Drive safe!

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