MANILA – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is looking to roll out the single ticketing system designed to harmonize the different traffic violations and penalties of different local government units (LGU) with the LTO system by the first quarter of 2023.

In a Laging Handa interview on Tuesday, LTO Chief, Assistant Secretary Jose Arturo Tugade, said consultative meetings are currently being held with stakeholders while a draft memorandum circular on the single ticketing system has already been circulated.

"We’re just waiting for feedback po doon sa ating mga partners dito po sa programa (We're just waiting for feedback from our program partners)," Tugade said.

Once rolled out, he said the single ticketing system is expected to improve the country's road and traffic conditions as erring drivers will not only be issued fines but will also receive demerit points in the LTO system.

"Ma-monitor po natin ang performance ng ating mga drivers via a common demerit points system (We'll be able to monitor the performance of our drivers via a common demerit points system)," he said.

Once the system is online, he said the fines and penalties related to traffic violations will be "harmonized" instead of having different fines and penalties for each violation, with some LGUs issuing PHP300 fines and others PHP1,500 fines for not wearing a helmet.

"The intention is not to increase the penalty but to have a penalty that will serve as a deterrent," he said.

The single ticketing system, he said, intends to "relieve our roads from irresponsible drivers."

"We will make sure na iyong privilege to drive po ay ibibigay lang po natin doon sa mga karapat-dapat at saka mga responsableng drivers (We will make sure that the privilege to drive will only be given to those worthy and responsible drivers)," he said. (PNA)