Stiffer fines for jaywalkers OKd

By Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2014 02:09 PM | Updated as of Jul 08 2014 10:12 PM

MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced the imposition of higher fines for those caught jaywalking in Metro Manila.

The Metro Manila Council approved stricter penalties for those caught crossing major thoroughfares without using footbridges or pedestrian lanes.

From the previous amount of P200, the new approved fine has been increased to P500. Violators also have the option of rendering three hours of community service.

Four traffic enforcers from Quezon City, Pasig, Taguig and Pasay have also been deputized to apprehend violators.

The traffic enforcers from these local government units will first undergo training from the MMDA before they can joint the agency's own traffic enforcers in apprehending violators.

The fees collected by the LGUs will go directly to them. According to MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, the stiffer penalties will not take effect immediately since they still have to publish the decision, train traffic enforcers, and draft new implementing rules and regulations.