DRY RUN | MMDA to test rush hour ban on driver-only vehicles on Aug. 15

4 months ago

AUGUST 10, 2018 – The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to test on August 15 the recently approved ban on driver-only cars along EDSA during rush hours.

Metro Manila mayors have decided to prohibit vehicles with single occupants along EDSA in a bid to decongest traffic and encourage carpooling.

The proposal, which would affect more than half of the cars plying EDSA, has reaped negative reactions from the public as well as some lawmakers.

Senator Grace Poe cautioned against rushing into the driver-only vehicle ban and suggested to the MMDA to carefully look into the scheme and create a clear set of guidelines prior to its implementation.

Buhay Party-list Representative Lito Atienza said he intends to file a resolution to counter the ban and called on MMDA officials to study more effective ways to ease traffic.

Aside from the rush hour ban on single-occupant vehicles, the MMDA will also push through with the implementation of the provincial bus ban along EDSA on August 15 as scheduled.

The MMDA will implement a “no-contact apprehension,” which utilizes CCTV, digital cameras and other technology to capture violators, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.