Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on August 7 that cars transporting only the driver will be forbidden to traverse EDSA during rush hour under a measure passed by Metro Manila mayors.
The Metro Manila Council established the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) plan where “only those vehicles with two or more passengers would have the privilege to traverse EDSA.”
According to MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia, “We have a data that 70 percent of vehicles along EDSA carry only the driver.”
The MMDA did not state when it will start implementing the new system but has announced a dry run of the carpool lane on Wednesday next week, on August 15, 2018.
Garcia said the goal is to promote carpooling through the HOV measure.
In a discussion with DZMM Teleradyo, Garcia mentioned that the ban may not be implemented to the whole extent of EDSA, as some parts of the roadway have no alternative routes.
“Pipiliin lang natin ‘yung mga segments na kailangan natin,” he said.
Aside from the single-passenger car ban, mayors also seconded MMDA’s proposal to monitor the entry of provincial buses on EDSA.
Under this proposal, selected provincial buses arriving from the north will close their route at the Valenzuela Interim Terminal while buses coming from the south will end their route at South Interim Provincial Terminal, the MMDA said.
The planned regulation on provincial buses was reckoned to be performed on August 15, but Garcia said it needs to be examined further.
“We are not in a hurry to implement the policy as we want to make sure everything is in order,” Garcia said.
News Source: ABS CBN