DOTC enforces revised penalties on road violations

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is implementing a long list of revised fines and penalties for traffic violations. This is now in effect so be sure you’re updated to avoid being caught off-guard when you’re driving in the metro.


DOTC’s list stretches to over 20 pages so we’re listing down some of the important ones to take note of as casual motorists:

Driving without a valid driver’s license/conductor’s permitPhp3,000 This includes driving with an expired, revoked, suspended, inappropriate driver’s license restriction code, fake driver’s license, and student driver driving without being accompanied by a duly licensed driver.

Reckless drivingPhp2,000 (first offense), Php 3,000 (second offense), Php10,000 (subsequent offense) No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any highway recklessly or without reasonable caution considering the width, traffic, grades, crossing, curvatures, visibility, other conditions of the highway or so to endanger the property of the safety or rights of any person.

Failure to wear seat belt while drivingPhp1,000 (first offense), Php2,000 (second offense), Php5,000 (third offense) This includes allowing a child 6 years old and below to be seated on the front passenger seat.

Failure to wear seat belt as a passengerPhp3,000 for both the driver and the operator for every violation. For Public Utility Vehicles, failure to post appropriate signages instructing front seat passengers to wear seat belts when inside the vehicle.

Failure to wear the standard protective motorcycle helmet for the driver and back riderPhp1,500 (first offense), Php3,000 (second offense), Php 5,000 (third offense), Php10,000 (fourth and succeeding offenses) Wearing a helmet with a fake Philippine standard (PS) or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker shall be tantamount to riding a moving motorcycle without wearing a helmet.

Failure to carry driver’s license, certificate of registration, or official receipt while driving a motor vehiclePhp1,000

Driving an unregistered vehiclePhp10,000 This includes driving with an improperly-registered motor vehicle or a motor vehicle with expired, revoked, suspended, or invalid registration, unregistered or fake substitute, or replacement engine, engine block, or chassis.

Unauthorized motor vehicle modificationPhp5,000 This includes change in color and other unauthorized modifications of the standard manufacturer’s specification.

Motor vehicle operation without or with defective/improper/unauthorized accessories, devices, equipment, and partsPhp5,000 This includes bells/horns/sirens/whistles, blinkers, brakes, early warning devices, grills, and the likes.

Smoke belchingAny vehicle suspected of violation of emission standards through visual signs such as, but not limited to, smoke belching shall be subjected to an emission test.

All other violations of traffic rules and regulations – Php1,000

There’s also a dedicated section for public vehicles like trucks, buses, jeepneys, and vans on the revised fines and penalties. To view the full list, simply go to DOTC’s website.

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13 Comments on this Post

  1. Wew laki na ng fines.
    Need mag ingat sa mga traffic enforcers, lalo na ngaung enrollment.

  2. The Philippines is a funny country,it seems as if everyone here thinks as long as there are rules and laws that would make the country a better place for everyone then all will be well. Never mind the laws are not enforced. The police aren’t interested in enforcing the laws unless they can make a little money doing so and no one here seems to think that the laws should apply to them. Hell if these laws were to be enforced tonight how many jeepnys would on the road tomorrow?

    • Hen-Sheen

      It is called Political Satire. In the Philippines, cracking a lame joke is already a big deal; so why not make Tricycles legal by allowing them to have access to main roads and wearing helmets too… Reminds me of that Credit Card commercial where all other things are priceless…..

    • whatever the circumstances are, laws give us an order and we have to follow it through, we don’t need to reason not to obey to because there are laxnesses on its implementations or forms of corruption, in anyway law gives us guides and safety on the roads. Discipline is responsibility of everyone and everybody’s business and without law everything will be chaos. if the policemen are not interested to uphold its implementation without getting any gain out of it then let them be because it is not our business anymore to abide the law.

  3. zarne

    Policemen on the take must be laughing all the way to the restaurant. LOL

  4. camotekid

    This memo is full of technical falacies. Shpws how incompetent our law makers are. Kakahiya po kayo.

    • bananinja


    • omar123


      look at the section about modifications: “other unauthorized modifications of the standard manufacturer’s specification”- eto ang tatagain and gagatasan ka ng mga pulis at LTO. ultimo magpalit ka ng flat tire bawal na.

  5. mmdatanga

    Ba’t di nila unahin ang bus and jeep? Ang daming gago na jeepney and bus driver.

    • e30ernest

      PUVs and PUJs are also included on the memo. It all depends if traffic enforcers actually enforce those traffic rules.

      In my opinion, cracking down on everyone including private vehicles, jeepneys, buses, taxis, FXs and pedestrians would really improve the conditions of metro traffic. Our roads are already operating at capacity, and their anything-goes approach to driving and walking is only making conditions worse.

  6. Zobel

    This is just another way for government agencies to raise funds. Like in my town. Laking kita ng munisipyo namin nang mag-enforce ng speed limit.

    • omar123

      Are you complaining that your LGU is enforcing a law/speed limit? kung nangyari yan sa municipality ko, matutuwa pa ako.

      nakakabahala ang “anti-modification” part ng revised penalties on road violations ah. does it mean I cannot change ANYTHING in my vehicle? wala na aftermarket parts?

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