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What should you do if a policeman stops you? What should you do if a policeman stops you?

  • A. Stop and argue with the policeman

  • B. Don't mind the cop and go faster

  • C. Stop and give the license and other papers for the vehicle if the policeman asks for it

    The correct answer is C
    Respect the authority. Stop if a policeman wants you to stop.

Respect the authority. Make sure to stop if a police officer or traffic enforcer stops you.


Things that MMDA officers can and cannot do

1. MMDA enforcers are not allowed to group together while apprehending a motorist. They are not allowed to stand together in groups of two or more, except during times of special operations. (e.g. apprehending groups of smoke-belching/colorum buses)

2. Swerving is not a traffic violation. It is defined as a movement wherein vehicles shift from a lane to another. However, 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).

3. A driver's license cannot be confiscated by a traffic enforcer during traffic apprehensions except on the following situations:

  1. The driver was involved in a traffic accident
  2. The driver has accumulated three or more unsettled violations
  3. The driver has been apprehended for the following violations:

4. Private vehicles are not allowed to use the yellow lane except when they are about to turn--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. However, selective apprehension of private vehicles using the yellow lane is highly prohibited.

5. Each traffic enforcer has his/her own written mission order issued by the MMDA Central Admin. Apprehended drivers are free to ask for the apprehending officer's mission order, which includes his area of responsibility, time of duty and official function. It also indicates whether or not the enforcer is authorized to issue tickets.

6. Traffic enforcers should issue TVR (traffic violation receipt) in complete uniform, with visible nameplates. Traffic enforcers are instructed to accomplish the TVR without any delay or argument on the road, so as to avoid traffic congestion.

7. The apprehending enforcer is allowed to issue another TVR for towing fee. If the owner of the impounded vehicle fails to release his vehicle after payment of fine in the stipulated date, the impounding officer shall issue a separate TVR indicating number of days it has remained at the impounding area.

8. Before apprehending, the traffic enforcer should flag down the vehicle and lead it to the roadside where it will not obstruct the flow of traffic. Traffic enforcers should courteously inform the driver of his violation.

9. Traffic enforcers are not allowed to ask drivers to alight from their vehicles while the apprehension is taking place. Most importantly, traffic enforcers are not allowed to ask or receive bribe money.

10. During traffic apprehensions, the following can be considered as a valid driver's license:

The traffic enforcer should exercise extra diligence in verifying the veracity of the data or documents presented.

Any traffic enforcer violating any of these guidelines may be reported to the MMDA. Letters of complaint may be sent to the MMDA via snail mail to Traffic Adjudication Board, MMDA Building, Edsa corner Orense streets, Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City; or via email to [email protected]. Complaints should contain full details of an incident report, including the name of the apprehending traffic officer.

Drivers involved in an argument with an MMDA traffic enforcer may call MMDA Hotline 136 or the MMDA Metrobase at 0917-561-8709. The Metrobase may be asked to send inspectors to the place where the argument is taking place so proper investigation may be conducted.