Anti-Distracted Driving Act (RA 10913 of 2015)

The Anti-Distracted Driving Act is a law that prohibits motorists from using communication devices and other electronic entertainment while their vehicles are in motion or temporarily stopped on a traffic light or an intersection.

The fine for violating this act costs a hefty Php5,000.00 for the first offense, Php10,000.00 for the second offense, and a staggering Php15,000.00 for the third offense. Mind you.If you are still quite a hard headed person and continue this, if you catch the third offense, your driver’s license will also be suspended for 3 months.

And be warned, you’re looking at a painful Php 20,000.00 fine and the revocation of your driver’s license for the fourth offense.

Failure to display the regular motor vehicle license plate with a commemorative plate

 As we all know not everyone uses the car plates but still uses the conduction sticker as their plates. Motor Vehicles regardless of make, model, and year  are mandated to display their designated license plates at all times. However, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has released what they call “Commemorative Plates”. These special plates were bought from the LTO by the public so that a specific event or a recognized entity may be honored.

Samples of Commemorative Plates are license plates released for a specific batch of university alumni as well as special members of the judiciary, legislative, and executive branches of government.

Special these plates are, however, by law, there is a proper method of displaying them. These commemorative plates should be displayed beside the issued motor vehicle license plate, not covering the license plate. The fine for violating this rule costs Php 5000.00 in the first, second, and third offense.

Illegal or unauthorized counterflow MMDA Reg. No. 97 – 003

Most of our roads in the metro are painted with different lines that assist motorists to traverse their daily commutes and help them get to their destination safely. Some lines help designate specific vehicles (such as the yellow bus lanes in EDSA) while others help the motorist when to perform a maneuver (such as a where and when to stop in an intersection). 

If caught again, the fine is still at Php 2000.00 but the suspension time will be doubled at 6 months and for the third time, the license will be revoked, plus another fine of Php 2000.00.

If caught again, the fine is still at Php 2000.00 but the suspension time will be doubled at 6 months and for the third time

The double yellow lines found along road curves as well in busy streets (in front of a densely populated area such as a school) indicates that with poor judgment and without proper authorization, a motorist cannot perform a counter flow. If apprehended, performing a counterflow within the double yellow line will surely grant the motorist a fine of Php 2000.00 and the suspension of their license for 3 months.

Towing fees of illegally parked vehicles

Parking in the Metro can be a pain, as per some websites, the average Filipino driver would spend a considerable amount of time looking for parking near their destinations. If the authorities would notice the illegally car parking, they would wait beside the vehicle and if the driver returns during this period, they would lecture the driver, issue a ticket and request the driver to find proper parking.

If the driver would not be back during the period the authorities are waiting for him to return, they would tow and impound the car. This process of towing is not free. The fine would depend on the size of the towed vehicle which ranges from Php 1500.00 to Php 4500.00 respectively. Read our post on Towing Guidelines MMDA to know the law and your rights.


As a driver always be cautious and check if there are signages which indicate the maximum speed you need to be in. There are many roads in the Metro where the vehicle speed is checked carefully and violators are given a fine if they are caught violating this regulation. Fines though differ from place to place. For example, an over speeding fine in Diosdado Macapagal Avenue costs Php 2,000.00 while over speeding in other major avenues would be charged Php 1200.00.

So we should always be mindful of the speed limit when traversing the busy roads in the Metro and other roads as well. 

We should always be mindful of the speed limit when traversing the busy roads in the Metro

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