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Everyone who drives tries their best not to violate any traffic rule—that’s a fact. Sometimes, though, you’ll find yourself fined for an MMDA violation. “I didn’t know” is definitely not something you can say to get out of trouble.

As a motorist, you’re obliged to observe traffic rules and regulations. Moreover, you must be updated on the penalties that come with certain traffic violations and misconducts.

Don’t worry, we’ll fill you in on that. Here is a list of MMDA traffic violations and penalties you should know about. For your reference, we have also included the complete MMDA violation code list.[1]

MMDA Violation and Penalty Fee List

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These violations usually involve your driver’s license—any misuse, failure to carry it while driving, or failure to renew it.

MMDA Violation CodeTraffic ViolationPenalty - 1st OffensePenalty - 2nd OffensePenalty - 3rd Offense
060Allowing another person to use your driver’s license₱500 + 1-month suspension of driver’s license₱500 + 1-month suspension of driver’s license₱500 + 1-month suspension of driver’s license
061Allowing improperly licensed or unlicensed person to drive₱750₱750₱750
058Failure to sign your driver’s license₱150₱150₱150
059Fake driver’s license₱1,500 + 6-month suspension of driver’s license₱1,500 + 6-month suspension of driver’s license₱1,500 + 6-month suspension of driver’s license
092Fake ID/permit₱1,000₱2,000₱3,000
063Driving without the presence of a licensed driver₱200₱200₱200
177Double license₱300₱300₱300
054Driving with delinquent/invalid/ineffectual driver’s license₱300₱300₱300
056Driving with revoked driver’s license₱300₱300₱300
055Driving with a suspended driver’s license₱300₱300₱300
053Driving without a driver’s license₱750₱750₱750
057Failure to carry/show/surrender driver’s license₱150₱150₱150

These violations involve the license plates issued to the driver upon registration, as well as those related to your vehicle registration.

MMDA Violation CodeTraffic ViolationPenalty - 1st OffensePenalty - 2nd OffensePenalty - 3rd Offense
A017Delinquent/Invalid registration₱450₱450₱450
079Dirty/Uncared for plates₱150₱150₱150
190Failure to display the regular plate with a commemorative plate₱5,000₱5,000₱5,000
083Fake number plates₱1,000₱2,000₱3,000
089Fake stickers₱1,000₱2,000₱3,000
093Fake tags₱1,000₱2,000₱3,000
095Illegal transfer of plates/tags/stickers₱7,500 + 1-month suspension of driver’s license₱7,500 + 1-month suspension of driver’s license₱7,500 + 1-month suspension of driver’s license
082Improperly displayed plates₱200₱200₱200
069AImproperly registered motor vehicle₱450 + impounding of vehicle₱450 + impounding of vehicle₱450 + impounding of vehicle
080Inconspicuously displayed plates₱150₱150₱150
102No plate lights₱150₱150₱150
078Plates not firmly attached/visible₱150₱150₱150
071Revoked certificate of registration₱450 + impounding of vehicle/confiscation of plate₱450 + impounding of vehicle/confiscation of plate₱450 + impounding of vehicle/confiscation of plate
070Suspended certificate of registration₱450 + impounding of vehicle/confiscation of plate₱450 + impounding of vehicle/confiscation of plate₱450 + impounding of vehicle/confiscation of plate
084Tampered/marked plates₱300₱300₱300
090Tampered/marked stickers₱300₱300₱300
094Tampering of OR/CR and other documents₱5,000 + impounding of vehicle for 24 hours₱5,000 + impounding of vehicle for 24 hours₱5,000 + impounding of vehicle for 24 hours
077Tourist driving an unregistered vehicle in the Philippines₱1,500₱1,500₱1,500
086Unauthorized “For Hire” plates on private vehicles₱1,500₱1,500₱1,500
085Unauthorized improvised plates₱150₱150₱150
A068Unregistered vehicle₱450₱450₱450
091Violation of commemorative plate rules and regulations₱5,000₱5,000₱5,000

Common Driving Violations and Penalties

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These violations are among the most committed by experienced and newbie drivers in general. They involve disregarding driving laws, traffic signs, and traffic rules that endanger the safety of the driver, passengers, and other motorists on the road. Take note of the MMDA violation and penalty fee table below.

MMDA Violation CodeTraffic ViolationPenalty - 1st OffensePenalty - 2nd OffensePenalty - 3rd Offense
046Allowing passenger on top of the vehicle₱150₱150₱150
222Violation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act₱5,000₱10,000₱15,000 + 3-month suspension of driver’s license | 4th offense: ₱20,000 + revocation of driver’s license
170Violation of the right-hand drive ban₱500₱500₱500
135Colored/Tinted/Painted windshield₱500₱500₱500
030Cutting an overtaken vehicle₱150₱150₱150
118Defective/Broken brakes/equipment/windshield₱150₱150₱150
003/003DDisregarding traffic signs₱150₱150₱150
023ADriving against traffic₱2,000 + 3-month suspension of driver’s license₱2,000 + 6-month suspension of driver’s license₱2,000 + revocation of driver’s license
052Driving in a place not for traffic₱150₱150₱150
066Driving under the influence of drugs₱2,000₱2,000 + 1-year suspension of driver’s license₱2,000 + revocation of driver’s license
065Driving under the influence of liquor₱2,000₱2,000 + 1-year suspension of driver’s license₱2,000 + revocation of driver’s license
212Excess passenger/cargo₱1,000₱1,000₱1,000
045Failure to dim headlights/give proper signal/give way to an overtaking vehicle/give way to police vehicle/fire truck/ambulance₱150₱150₱150
044Failure to stop motor and notch handbrake of the motor when unattended₱150₱150₱150
194Failure to use the seatbelt₱250₱500₱1,000 + 1-week suspension of driver’s license
040Failure to yield right of way₱150₱150₱150
023BIllegal or unauthorized counterflow₱2,000 + 3-month suspension of driver’s license₱2,000 + 6-month suspension of driver’s license₱2,000 + revocation of driver’s license
014Illegal overtaking₱150₱150₱150
226Illegal parking (attended)₱1,000₱1,000₱1,000
224Illegal parking (unattended)₱2,000₱2,000₱2,000
008Illegal turning₱150₱150₱150
178Illegal/Unsafe towing₱150₱150₱150
099Improper/Defective horn/signaling device₱150₱150₱150
031Increasing speed when overtaken₱150₱150₱150
103No brake lights₱150₱150₱150
128JNo motorcycle helmet₱1,500₱3,000₱5,000 | Succeeding offenses: ₱10,000 + confiscation of driver’s license
219JNo ICC/PS Mark sticker on the helmet₱3,000₱5,000N/A
136No tailgate₱300₱300₱300
105No/Cut muffler₱150₱150₱150
098No/Defective handbrake₱150₱150₱150
001Obstruction₱150₱150₱150
022Overnight parking₱500₱500₱500
201MOverspeeding along Diosdado Macapagal Ave.₱2,000₱2,000₱2,000
201POverspeeding physical apprehension₱1,200₱1,200₱1,200
036Overtaking at an intersection/at No Overtaking Zone/at railway grade crossing/at an unsafe distance/between Men Working: Caution signs/upon a crest of grade/upon a curve/when the left side is not visible or clear₱150₱150₱150
010BPrivate vehicle using Yellow Bus Lanes along EDSA₱500₱500₱500
004No contact reckless driving₱500₱750 + suspension of driver’s license₱1,000 + revocation of driver’s license
171Smoke belching₱200₱200₱200
188Sporting dazzling headlights, neon lights, broken lens₱500₱500₱500
187Stainless/Nickel/Chrome-plated, shiny vehicle parts₱500₱500₱500
005Stalled vehicle₱200₱200₱200
1203Towing fee for stalled/illegally parked heavy vehicles₱4,500₱4,500₱4,500
1202Towing fee for stalled/illegally parked medium vehicles₱2,500₱2,500₱2,500
1201Towing fee for stalled/illegally parked light vehicles₱1,500₱1,500₱1,500
130Violation of color scheme₱375₱375₱375
180Unsafe load/cargo₱150₱150₱150
067Using the vehicle in committing a crime₱10,000 + revocation of driver’s licenseN/AN/A
201No contact overspeeding₱1,200₱1,200₱1,200

Keep in mind that this list includes only the most common traffic violations in the Philippines. To see the complete list of MMDA violations, click on the links shared at the end of the article.[1]

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Penalties for Improper Driver Behavior and Conduct

You could be also ticketed for an MMDA traffic violation due to unprofessional behavior or conduct when driving.

MMDA Violation CodeTraffic ViolationPenalty - 1st OffensePenalty - 2nd OffensePenalty - 3rd Offense
048Arrogance/Discourtesy₱150₱150₱150
051Driving in a sleeveless shirt/slippers₱100₱100₱100
193Failure to comply with accident or traffic violation procedures₱300₱300₱300

How to Check Your MMDA Violation Online

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Settling your MMDA violation[2] should be much easier nowadays, as the organization has a website called “May Huli Ba?” Check it first to see if you have an outstanding MMDA violation. Visit the site here: www.mayhuliba.com.

The City of Manila also recently implemented no contact apprehension, and any violations can be checked using the LGU’s No Contact Apprehension website (nocontact.manilacity.ph/plate). Just your vehicle’s plate number and submit your inquiry. A pop-up will appear to confirm if you have any MMDA violation.

MMDA Penalty Fee Payment Guide

How to Pay MMDA Violation Fee in Person

If you’ve found out that you have incurred a traffic violation, check if it’s issued within seven days. If the violation is within the said period, you must settle your fine at any MMDA-accredited payment center. Otherwise, you’ll need to visit MMDA’s redemption office.

Make sure to fill out your payment form correctly. Bring your violation notice with you because you’ll need it when filling out the form. Once you’re paid, keep a copy of your receipt.

Here is a step-by-step guide on settling your traffic violations. 

  1. Check if your Ordinance Violation Receipt (OVR) is issued by the MMDA or not. 
    • If it’s NOT issued by the MMDA, proceed to the LGU that issued your OVR. Pay the corresponding fine. 
    • If it’s issued by the MMDA, check if the OVR is within seven days or not. If it’s issued within seven days, proceed to any Bayad Center and pay the fine. If the OVR is more than seven days you need to do the following: 
      • If outside Metro Manila: Contact the MMDA Redemption Center via 028822629 (direct line), 028824151-77 (trunkline), 0943331952, or 09178598616 (mobile numbers). 
      • If within Metro Manila: Visit the MMDA Redemption Center at EDSA corner Orense Street, Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati. 
  1. Check if you have three or more violations.
    • If you have three or more violations, proceed to Traffic Academy TEC Traffic Education Center at Valencia Street corner Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Sta. Mesa, Manila to undergo the Road Rules and Safety Training.
    • If you DO NOT have three or more violations, then you can pay the corresponding fine at the Traffic Ticket Management Division, MMDA Parking Lot, EDSA corner Orense Street, Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City.
  1. If you want to contest your violation, go to the Traffic Adjudication Division of the MMDA. 

Where to Pay MMDA Penalty Fees Online

As digital payments improve over the years, e-wallets and other mobile apps now enable payment of MMDA penalty fees. MMDA has partnered with Bayad Center, GCash, PayMaya, and LANDBANK to help motorists pay their traffic violation fines more easily. 

How to Pay MMDA Violation Fee via Bayad Center App

  1. Launch the Bayad app and log in to your account.
  2. Select Bills Payment > Government > MMDA.
  3. Enter the required details and tap the Next button.
  4. Take a screenshot of your proof of payment with the reference number.
  5. Pay your MMDA violation fine within seven days from when your citation ticket or OVR was issued to you. If more than seven days have passed, inform the MMDA Redemption Center that you’ve already paid (for the processing of your clearance) through any of the following:
    • Contact number: 0943-033-1962 / 0917-859-8616
    • Email address: redemptionrecords2021@gmail.com

How to Pay MMDA Violation Fee via GCash

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  1. Log in to your GCash account.
  2. Choose the “Pay Bills” option.
  3. Click on “Government”.
  4. Scroll down, look for “MMDA” then select it. 
  5. Fill out the payment form. Enter your ticket number, name, violation, violation code, amount, clearance fee, and email address. 
  6. Follow the succeeding prompts. Your payment transaction will be charged ₱12 on top of your fine. 

How to Pay MMDA Violation Fee via PayMaya

  1. Open your PayMaya app and log in. 
  2. From the dashboard, choose “Pay Bill.”
  3. Choose “Government” > “MMDA.” 
  4. Supply the required information like your account number, amount, clearance fee, violation, violation code, and name. 
  5. Confirm payment and take a screenshot of your transaction. 

How to Pay MMDA Violation Fee via LANDBANK

  1. Visit the LANDBAK Link.BizPortal at www.lbp-eservices.com/egps/portal/index.jsp.
  2. Click the Pay Now button.
  3. Enter “METROPOLITAN MANILA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY” in the merchant field and click the Continue button.
  4. Select your violation and click the Continue button.
  5. Provide the required information. When you’re done, click the Continue button.
  6. Enter the one-time password (OTP) sent to your mobile number.
  7. Review your details and enter your ATM card number.
  8. Wait for your payment confirmation receipt.

MMDA Violation and Penalty FAQS

1. How do I deal with the MMDA officer when I get caught for a violation?

First, ask the traffic enforcer respectfully about the MMDA violation you’ve committed. Be calm and courteous; you don’t want unnecessary conflicts to arise. Keep in mind that aggression may also warrant another violation and penalty.

Don’t be too defensive. At the same time, don’t just follow what the officer asks you to do. Remember that you have the right to ask for a written mission order, as this very document validates your apprehension.

Also, don’t try to give a bribe even if the officer is obviously hinting at it. You’re not supposed to tolerate such behaviors. Report the erring officers to the proper authorities.

You should be also aware of the No Contact Apprehension Policy, which authorizes the MMDA to use documentation devices, such as CCTV and digital cameras, to capture traffic violators.[3]

2. What is the No Contact Apprehension Policy? Will MMDA charge a fine if I get caught through it?

To track traffic violations and apprehend the offending driver more efficiently, the MMDA is implementing the No Contact Apprehension Program (NCAP). NCAP uses CCTV cameras and other digital equipment to apprehend vehicles that commit MMDA violations. 

With the NCAP recording, an MMDA violation made by a vehicle can be easily tracked and reviewed. MMDA will then coordinate with the Land Transportation Office – Information Query Facility (LTO-IQF) for vehicle records including the owner’s address. This improved system will leave no violation unaddressed and motorists more aware of their behavior while driving on Metro Manila roads. 

If you’re caught violating a traffic rule by an MMDA enforcer, you’ll of course be fined for that.

3. What will happen if I don’t pay my violation fees? 

Your vehicle will be included in the MMDA Alarm List. The MMDA will coordinate with the LTO to request for nonrenewal of your vehicle registration until you’ve paid all your dues. 

4. What should I do if I don’t agree with the violation? 

Every summoned driver or vehicle owner has the right to contest any MMDA violation. To do so, file a complaint with the Traffic Adjudication Division (TAD) of the MMDA. You may file a motion for reconsideration within 15 days after receiving the resolution from the TAD. You may also file an appeal at the Office of the Chairman within 30 days after the Motion for Reconsideration is denied. 

5. I am the previous owner of an apprehended vehicle. What should I do?

The current owner should be liable for any MMDA violation. If you’re the previous owner and you received a summon, proceed to the No-Contact Office at the MMDA main office. Present the Deed of Sale as proof and provide the name and address of the current vehicle owner. 

6. Will I be fined for using my cellphone when stuck in traffic? 

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Yes. Under the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA), drivers cannot use their cellphone for any purpose whenever they’re behind the wheel, whether the car is moving or not. 

Also, the MMDA is authorized by the law to apprehend ADDA violators.[4] Here are the penalty fines you’ll have to pay if you’re caught for distracted driving:

  • First offense: ₱5,000
  • Second offense: ₱10,000
  • Third offense: ₱15,000 with driver’s license suspension for three months
  • Succeeding offenses: ₱20,000 with driver’s license revocation

7. How can authorities detect ADDA violations on heavily tinted vehicles? 

Authorities use high-definition cameras that detect the movement of light inside heavily tinted vehicles. Aside from this, trained enforcers are deployed strategically on the ground to detect this type of MMDA violation. 

8. How much is the penalty fee for number coding violation?

Violating the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) will have you paying a fine of ₱300. Read this comprehensive number coding guide to know the specific rules and prevent yourself from committing this MMDA violation.

9. What if my vehicle incurred damage after towing? 

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Before towing, the tow truck crew shall provide a Technical Inspection Report that indicates the condition of the vehicle before towing. Any damage incurred by the vehicle after being towed shall be charged to the towing company or agency. 

10. Can a traffic enforcer confiscate my driver’s license during a violation?

Traffic enforcers are not allowed to confiscate driver’s licenses, except when the driver or vehicle is involved in an accident, the driver has incurred three or more violations, or the driver has committed specific violations such as:

  • Driving against traffic
  • Allowing another person to use the driver’s license
  • Illegal transfer of plates/tags/stickers
  • Second offense on reckless driving
  • Out of line operation
  • Tampered sealing wire

Final Thoughts

The fees for most MMDA traffic violations and penalties seem minimal, but you still don’t want to be in that situation where you’ll be hassled with settling the fines.

The inconvenience is much greater when you don’t settle the fine immediately. If you are late in paying for the fine for the MMDA violation you’ve committed, or fail to settle it all together, you won’t be able to renew your driver’s license if you’re physically apprehended, or vehicle registration if apprehended under the no-contact policy.

Moreover, you may not want to be involved in violations that could harm or cause delay to your fellow drivers or vehicle owners on the road. Responsible driving saves you from wasting time on paying fines, retrieving your towed vehicle, and causing inconvenience to others. Avoid such scenarios by making sure your car is roadworthy before you drive, driving responsibly, and observing traffic rules and signs.

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