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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

MMDA Traffic Rules that you should know

If you are new in the Philippines here are some tips which you need to know on the highway before anyone arrests you.  Para rin hindi kayo makotongan ng ilang mga gagong pulis at MMDA sa kalsada.  Please read and share.
MMDA Rules on NUMBER CODING, SWERVING, WINDOW HOURS, etc.  Thanks to MMDA for correcting the Facebook post from a certain Paul Libid who initially shared this on Facebook.

1. Swerving, defined as vehicle movement from a lane to another, is not a traffic violation per se, but it can constitute the offense of ‘Reckless Driving’ if it is done without precautions (e.g. swerving in an abrupt and careless manner, swerving without the use of signals, swerving across solid lines). It can also constitute the offense of ‘Disregarding Traffic Signs’ for areas where signs are present explicitly prohibiting swerving. Mentioning the names of any of the MMDA officials when apprehended will not afford anyone any special treatment.

2. As a general rule, driver’s licenses are not confiscated but only borrowed for purpose of identification, except on the following situations: - The driver was involved in a traffic accident - The driver has accumulated three (3) or more unsettled violations - The driver has been apprehended for the following administrative violations:

  • Allowing another person to use driver's license 
  • Broken sealing wire 
  • Broken taximeter seal 
  • Colorum operation (cargo/passenger vehicle) 
  • Driving against traffic 
  • Fake driver's license 
  • Fake/altered taximeter seal 
  • Fake/altered sealing wire 
  • Fast/defective/non-operational/tampered taxi meter 
  • Flagged up meter
  • Illegal or unauthorized counter-flow
  • Illegal transfer of plates/tags/stickers 
  • Joined/reconnected sealing wire 
  • No driver's ID 
  • Ignoring Organized Bus Route (OBR) interval timers (for 2nd offense) 
  • Skipping or bypassing designated OBR terminals or loading bays (for 2nd offense) 
  • Operating on contractual basis 
  • Out of line operation
  • Overcharging (with or without conductor) (for the 2nd offense) 
  • Over-speeding 
  • Refusal to convey passengers to destination/trip-cutting (Taxis and Public Utility Vehicles) 
  • Refusal to render service to public (Taxis and Public Utility Vehicles) 
  • Tampered sealing wire 
  • Tampered taximeter seal 
  • Tampering of OR/CR/CPC & other documents (spurious documents) 
  • Undue preference/unjust discrimination 
  • Using motor vehicle in commission of crime

The above-mentioned administrative violations also require a minimum of 2 hours seminar (for the drivers) at the Traffic Academy. However, any driver who has committed three (3) or more unpaid violations, whether administrative or moving, shall also be subject to attending seminars, whose length shall be based on the results of the diagnostic exam (exam that will determine the contents of the seminar progress), which will be administered by the Agency. If the license is to be confiscated, the Traffic Enforcer should inform the driver of the reason/s for the confiscation and the ticket validity. If the driver refuses to surrender his driver's license, his plate may be detached pursuant to Section 74 & 75, MC 89-105.

3. Vehicles with senior citizens on board are not exempted from MMDA traffic rules like Number Coding.

4. MMDA personnel on the road are allowed to work in groups for special operations, including but not limited to smoke belching operations, anti-drunk driving, anti-over speeding operations, anti-colorum/out of line operations, etc.

5. Right-turning private vehicles are allowed in the yellow lanes, provided that they start shifting lanes upon seeing the transition lane (broken white lines painted diagonally), that you can see around 50 meters away from an intersection. PUBs which go out of the yellow lane will be apprehended for violating the yellow lane policy, except provincial buses, point to point buses and express connect buses.

6. All reports and complaints regarding MMDA road operations should be directed to the MMDA’s Public Concerns & Responses Management Unit, MMDA official hotline (136), or through the MMDA official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

For more information, kindly check out this link:


  • No window hours: Makati, Malabon and Las Pinas. Number Coding is 7 am — 7 pmNo 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.
We are here to give you proper information and we hope that people will have an informed decision rather than reading something which is untruthful.  Read well and verify as well.

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