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A game changer? MMDA to soft-launch wearable devices for single ticketing in July


Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Acting Chairman Romando Artes during a press briefing in Pasig City on Friday shows off one of the handheld devices to be used for the one-ticketing system. (photo INQUIRER.net / Noy Morcoso)

MANILA, Philippines — Breakthrough in traffic management?

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to launch handheld devices for the single ticketing system in July.“There will be a soft launch [in] the first or second week of July. We will also invite the supplier as we wish to address any flaws or issues in the implementation of the STS (single ticketing system),” MMDA Acting Chairman Don Artes said in a statement Thursday.

Artes said the hand-held ticketing devices could print citation tickets, validate and authenticate driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations, check if the driver has incurred demerit points or if their license or driver’s registration vehicle is suspended, canceled or if there is an alarm, accept cashless payments of fines, among others.

In addition, the agency asked the provider to equip the device with a dual SIM card to avoid poor signal reception.

According to Artes, the first batch of devices has already been delivered and customized in five local government units: San Juan, Quezon City, Valenzuela, Parañaque and Caloocan.

JThe MMDA will begin training traffic officers on the use of the devices on June 27.

“We want them to become familiar with the correct use of portable ticketing devices,” Artes said.

Jhe single ticket centralises traffic fines, allowing them to be paid online.



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