What to Do if you Come Across a Corrupt Traffic Enforcer

Traffic Jams are one of the most annoying things in… life. Cultural cities like Manila and Beijing are all prone to heavy traffic that hinders its possibilities of growth and development. Tourists end up being too scared to drive in the city. Locals continuously hope they don’t get caught in traffic. As a result, the government has to train traffic enforcers to deal with the situation. Traffic enforcers are tasked to lead traffic in the most seamless way possible. At the same time, they are also required to watch for road manners that are against traffic rules and regulations.

Dealing with Corrupt Traffic EnforcersWhile that seems like an honorable job, there are others who use the job as a way to manipulate and take advantage of drivers. Instead of fairly handling situations, corrupt traffic enforcers secretly and subtly ask for “financial compensation”, commonly known as bribes. Bastards. Sometimes, they even go as far as having to wrongly accusing drivers. On the other hand, drivers won’t be able to do something about it. Either they get a ticket and waste quality time on the road or they pay and get on with it.

This is why drivers have to be prepared whenever they come across a corrupt traffic enforcer. The best way to protect yourself is to know your rights when it comes to roadside manners. Other cities may have different rules and regulations, but when you’re in Manila, it is important to know a few things.

1) MMDA Traffic Enforcers cannot group together when apprehending a driver. In fact, they aren’t even allowed to monitor an area together, even if there are only two of them! Traffic enforcers can only work with each other if they are working special operations. So if two or more traffic enforcers orders you to pull over, chances are, they are up to something fishy. Stand your ground if you didn’t do anything wrong.

2) Swerving is NOT a violation of any traffic rules. If you move from one lane to the other, you shouldn’t be called out for “swerving.” And if you turned on your signal lights when you made the move, you certainly didn’t violate any rules. If they apprehend you for doing this, you can protest your case. However, if you shifted into two or more lanes quickly, then you were definitely swerving. Still NOT a traffic violation.

3) Using the yellow lane would violate a traffic rule, thus, you should be given a ticket. If traffic enforcers are apprehending selected private cars only, make an argument. Don’t be afraid to report the enforcer to a higher authority if he reaches the point of harassment.

4) If the traffic enforcer is trying to confiscate your driver’s license, do NOT let them. MMDA does not allow any enforcer to confiscate licenses due to a traffic violation unless you’re involved in an accident or you’re on your third violation and have pending fines. They can give you a ticket, but that’s about it.

5) Ask the traffic enforcer for their mission order. This order is a written statement from their supervisor that includes a list of violations that they are allowed to apprehend. If they apprehend you for a violation that is not on the list, report them to their superior.

Staying safe is important while you’re driving. Drive smart and learn to protect yourself from corrupt traffic enforcers.

Comments

  1. Sa pasig po ang mahal ng mga violation fee tpos kailangan kukuha ka pa ng cedula sa kanila. Pa check naman po.

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