If your vehicle spews dark, toxic fumes, you should be apprehended by a Land Transportation Office (LTO) deputy wearing a green ID, while a UV Express conveying passengers in areas that are not within its designated route should be apprehended by one wearing a blue ID.
And so goes the most recent project of the LTO in yet another attempt to instill discipline and order in day-to-day traffic in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
The LTO deputized officers from the DENR, DPWH, and the Highway Patrol Group to deal with specific road violations and issue the corresponding sanctions. Each deputy officer is issued a color-coded ID that will clearly identify the agency he represents and the violations covered by his jurisdiction. It is also an added means to ensure that the officer apprehending a driver or vehicle owner is duly authorized by the LTO. This is in light of recent reports where drivers plying Metro Manila’s main thoroughfares are apprehended by individuals posing as officers from the HPG or LTO. These encounters often result to extortion and harassment especially among female drivers.
What do the colors mean?
a. Orange ID cards
These are worn by personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). They are tasked to call out drivers with overloaded vehicles.
b. Green ID cards
These are worn by deputized officers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and are tasked to apprehend smoke-belchers.
c. Blue ID cards
These are for Highway Patrol Group officers as well as MMDA deputies who are on the lookout for franchise violators.
d. White ID cards.
An officer bearing a white ID card is an LTO personnel who is authorized to apprehend drivers for all traffic violations.
The public is encouraged to cooperate in the government’s effort to instill discipline on the road by proactively asking for the officer’s ID when apprehended. Deputized personnel should not be implementing rules except for the color they are assigned to. Should a driver be issued a traffic ticket that is beyond the designation of the issuing officer, LTO’s system will be alerted and the officer’s privileges will be revoked.
Already, this move by the LTO has received numerous negative reactions from the public. Drivers are calling for an awareness campaign from the government to help them become more familiar with the color codes.
Do you agree with the color-coded IDs of LTO traffic deputies? Let us know what you think!