There’s a saying that goes, “If you can drive in Metro Manila, you can drive anywhere else in the world.”
One of the worst places to drive in the world, being on the road here is like participating in the Hunger Games – only the toughest survive.
It’s not that there aren’t any rules, or that Filipino drivers lack the discipline to follow (see Subic).
Enforcement has been far from perfect – it’s presumed that you can talk, or pay your way out of a violation. So it isn’t surprising that traffic rules aren’t respected either. It’s a chicken and egg kinda thing; everyone is partly to blame.
So in an effort to “instill discipline,” “prevent corruption,” and create order, the Philippine Metropolitan Manila Development Authority or MMDA is implementing a new no-contact traffic apprehension policy.
CCTV cameras installed along major thoroughfares spot violations. But instead of being pulled over, drivers are sent summons, along with details of their offense.
Paranoid that you were caught speeding through that red light last Friday night?
Today, May 5, the MMDA launched MayHuliBa.com, a quick and easy search tool for tracking your traffic violations.
Enter your plate number, cross your fingers, and hit Search. If you’re lucky, results will come up empty. You leave with a smile on your face, not only out of relief, but because of the hugot lines that come with – there’s a new one each time, some funnier than others.
On the other hand, search results that come back positive are no laughing matter. Each violation, past or present, is detailed for the world to see. If you believe something’s amiss, you are given 7 days upon receiving your summons to contest the violation.
Or why wait, you can also call the MMDA via the 136 hotline to get things sorted.
Drive safe everyone.
UPDATE: After the site when live, it received visits from thousands of users at a time. Sources familiar with the matter tell us provisions are being made to handle larger volumes of traffic. The site should be back up before noon on May 5th.
SECOND UPDATE: The site is back up.