Barbers echo delivery men’s complaints on NCAP, call for House investigation – Manila Bulletin

Picking up the cudgels for delivery riders, Surigao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Robert Ace Barbers called for a House investigation into the No Contact Apprehension Policy (NCAP) after receiving reports and complaints from these riders that they are slapped with huge fees “without reason of law”.

Delivery service runners (file photo/ MANILA BULLETIN)

“This NCAP system is laudable since the intention is to discipline errant, abusive or temperamental drivers. But the enforcers, I was told, impose excessive fines and could violate the Constitution because there is no of due process,” said Barbers, who addressed the issue in a privileged speech during the session on Tuesday afternoon, August 9.

“Similarly, there is no law, ordinance or regulation prohibiting the registration of vehicles due to non-payment of fines for traffic violations,” he noted.

The barbers said the NCAP is supposed to be implemented by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), in coordination with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), in all major arteries in the region, but some local government units (LGUs ), such as Manila, Quezon City, Paranaque and Valenzuela have also acquired/adopted NCAP technology in their own localities.

Barbers says implementing NCAP gives “more questions than answers,” and the resulting penalties become an additional burden and could become a source of corruption, institutionalized by the state.

“Do their respective CCTV monitors overlap? What if a wrong driver is caught on the MMDA NCAP and says, at the same time with Quezon City NCAP, will the driver be penalized twice for the same infraction? ” He asked.

The chairman of the House Committee Dangerous Drugs said that while NCAP’s intention is to discipline errant drivers, the public should be enlightened about the details of its implementation to curb or stop abuse by enforcers.

Under the NCAP system, the MMDA or relevant LGUs issue notices/citations and send them directly to the registered owners of the vehicles. Failure to pay dues/fines over a specific period (seven days) meant that offenders’ vehicles would not be supported for re-registration.

“How about errant drivers of government-issued vehicles (red plate)? I understand that NCAP enforcers hastily impose penalties on vehicle owners involved in traffic violations. Do these NCAP enforcers have a way to charge penalties to the relevant government agencies? ” He asked.

The barbers said that if the MMDA were the only forum where these errant drivers caught on NCAP CCTV monitors can file grievances, complaints, protests, then the agency would then virtually become “the accuser, the judge and the executioner”.

He said the public should also be made aware of the details of private technology/service providers, certain security issues and liability, such as where the penalties/fines go or the fees they collect.

“With NCAP by MMDA and LGUs, what happened to the thousands of traffic cops hired by them, are we still paying their salaries or have they joined the ranks of the unemployed? Is NCAP meant to replace traffic cops? If so, who and how will the arrest of drivers whose vehicles have no license plates and other offenses that cannot be captured by cameras be carried out? The barbers asked.



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