Joint Administrative Order setting higher fines and penalties for traffic violators

Under the joint administrative order, colorum PUVs face the following fines: P1 million for bus operators; P200,000 for van and truck operators; P120,000 for sedan operators;  P50,000 for jeepney operators; and P6,000 for motorcycle operators.

Here are just a few of the fines:

Driving without a valid driver’s license – P3,000 (from P1,500) plus the offender will be disqualified from being granted a driver’s license or from driving a motor vehicle for one year from the payment of the fine;

Reckless driving – P2,000 (from P1,000) for the first offense; P3,000 (from P1,500) for the second offense; and P10,000 (from P2,000) for the third offense. In addition, the offender’s driver’s license will be suspended for three months for the second offense and six months for the third offense, with the revocation of the license on succeeding offenses. A non-professional driver whose license has been revoked will be disqualified from obtaining a driver’s license for two years from revocation, while a professional driver whose license has been revoked will be perpetually disqualified from getting a license;

Failure to wear seatbelts – P1,000 for the first offense; P2,000 for the second offense; and P5,000 for the third offense. Previously, the fine was only P250, regardless of the number of offenses. Also, the driver’s license of the offender will be suspended for one week from the payment of the fine for the third and each succeeding offense. The DOTC also notes that children six years old and below are prohibited from sitting in the front passenger seat;

Failure to carry a driver’s license or the vehicle’s certificate of registration or official receipt while driving a motor vehicle – P1,000 (from P200 for the license and from P150 for the OR or CR);

Driving an unregistered motor vehicle – P10,000 (from P4,000) plus, if the non-registration has exceeded one month, the vehicle shall be impounded and released only if it has been registered and its corresponding fines and penalties have been paid. If the vehicle has an undocumented engine (a separate P5,000 previously), the vehicle will be impounded and barred from operating for one year upon the payment of the fines while the engine will be confiscated by the government;

All other violations of traffic rules and regulations, from parking violations to illegal turns – P1,000.

These include disregarding traffic signs, failure to dim headlights, allowing passengers on top, driving against traffic, illegal overtaking, cutting an overtaken vehicle, overtaking at unsafe distance, failure to give way to overtaking vehicle, increasing speed when being overtaken, overtaking on a curve, failure to yield right of way, failure to signal, and unsafe towing.

Check out the rest of the fines and penalties for traffic violators

Joint Administrative Order 2014 01 Setting Higher Fines for Traffic Violations

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 13 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 23 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.

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Updated Juky 15, 2019

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