On June 2, 2014, the DOTC released a document that sent the automotive world of the Philippines on high alert. The words “Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-” are emblazoned just under the DOTC letterhead, with “01” handwritten on the blank space, meaning that this document is the first of the year. Its subject? A revised schedule of fines and penalties for miscreants who break land transportation laws.
On the 25th of July, 1994, Republic Act 7294 was created, allowing for one billion pesos to be allocated towards the initial operating expenditure of a new agency called the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, otherwise known as the MMDA. Part of their responsibilities, as stated in the act, is “transport and traffic management”, and more often than not is the only thing most people actually know them for.
So you’re crawling along in stop-and-go traffic, minding your own business and maybe singing along to some Bruno Mars when a guy on a motorcycle speeds by between your lane and the next. A choice selection of words probably crosses your mind as even more bikers go zooming past, your thoughts probably ending at how such activity should be illegal.