Driving in the Philippines – Know your driving laws
“Ignorantia juris non excusat” – Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. This “non-knowledge” of motoring and driving laws does not excuse anyone. There’s another reason why you should also know the law: So that corrupt MMDA or traffic police officers cannot put one over you.
If you’re driving or if you’re planning on driving in the Philippines, you must know what the laws are. You should also be aware of the protocol when an MMDA officer or a traffic police officer flags you down. NEVER ignore an officer when he/she flags you down. Please don’t think you can get away either. This isn’t the Fast and the Furious. Besides, have you seen the traffic along EDSA and other major roads? You cannot get away. They’ll just radio the guys at the next stop and then they’ll make sure that you stop.
On the flipside, you should also know the law and what the protocol is so that you won’t be fleeced or be harassed into bribery by corrupt officers.
For more information and updates, please visit the official MMDA website here.
For urgent concerns and complaints , you may contact the MMDA at MMDA hotline (136) or call the METRO BASE at 0920 9389861 or 0920 9389875 and ask for an Inspectorate.