The country is still far from beating the spread of the COVID-19 virus and government agencies are currently rethinking the way they should be working to help curb the spread of the virus. Particularly, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is looking into upgrading the way it issues traffic violation tickets to erring drivers and motorists. Currently, preparing a ticket for traffic violators takes around 15-20 minutes for handwritten citations to be completed. LTO now seeks to reduce the time by more than half the time to complete the citation for as little as 5 to 10 minutes.
LTO is currently field-testing a new handheld device for its Law Enforcement Traffic Adjudication System that’s designed to minimize direct physical contact between the drivers and enforcers thereby abiding by social distancing protocols imposed by the government and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
They have called the new system the Electronic Temporary Operator’s Permit (ETOP). The ETOP system can also be used to check the legitimacy of the driver’s license by scanning it and connecting it to its database to access all relevant information about the driver and even check if it happens to be a counterfeit. After scanning the driver’s license, the violation will then be digitally logged into the system and a printed violation receipt is then issued to the driver. Motorists will then be allowed to pay the fine at any of the LTO-accredited electronic payment centers that will be made available.
The ETOP device is also capable of taking photographs for use in processing the offense and providing the database with a more recent photo of the erring driver. Once the new system is fully deployed, the LTO is expected to replace the outdated way of issuing tickets with this now more streamlined method which not only saves precious time, but curbs the spread of the COVID-19 virus by reducing actual physical contact between the enforcement officer, and the erring driver.