MMDA advises motorists, commuters to prefer carpooling on holiday week

Marje Pelayo   •   December 16, 2019   •   1339

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) assures of enough number of public utility buses this holiday week for passengers bound for the provinces.

The agency has approved special permits to provincial buses bound for provinces in nearby areas in Northern and Southern Luzon, Bicol and in areas in Visayas and Mindanao.

The special permit will take effect from December 23 to January 3, 2020.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra reminds bus operators of the standard protocol on drivers for province bound buses.

Bus firm must ensure that they have substitute drivers for trips six hours and longer for safety of the passengers and the drivers themselves.

“Whatever be the case, we always remind them […] be mindful of the road rules and regulations and be mindful of the safety of the passengers,” Delgra emphasized.

Now that more buses will ply the roads during the holiday week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advised private motorists to brace for heavier traffic situation.

“Kasi ayaw nilang magbayad ng (they refuse to pay for) terminal fee so that’s what they do. They crawl EDSA,” MMDA’s Traffic Chief Edison Nebrija observed of bus drivers.

“Nagba-barker ang konduktor (bus conductors would try) getting chance passengers. Hindi naman namin pwedeng payagan iyan (But we will not allow that) because they will delay the flow of traffic,” he added.

Aside from bus drivers getting unruly on EDSA, last minute shoppers also add to the traffic jam, Nebrija said.

“The week before Christmas iyan ang peak ng traffic because iyan na ang Christmas rush na tinatawag. Lahat nag-a-apura na mamimili (The week before Christmas is the peak of traffic because of the so-called Christmas rush. Everyone is on a rush shopping),” he said.

To help ease traffic, the MMDA encourages carpooling for travel convenience.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) launched today the Oplan Byaheng Ayos to ensure that strict monitoring and security is enforced in bus terminals, seaports and airports to maintain smooth travel this holiday season.

The program remains effective until January 5, 2020.

Modified number coding scheme to take effect in Metro Manila on June 8 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A modified number coding scheme with exemptions will be implemented in Metro Manila starting Monday, June 8, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Thursday.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the modified number coding scheme will take effect next week after it was approved by the Metro Manila Council in an online meeting held on May 26.

Based on MMDA Regulation 2020-001 series of 2020, the following vehicles are automatically exempted from the modified number coding scheme:

  • Private vehicles with two or more passengers including the driver, provided that physical distancing is strictly observed and all passengers are wearing face masks
  • Private vehicles driven by doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel
  • All Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), as specified on the latest guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force.

Operators of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) are required to put signage so they could easily be recognized as ride-hailing services, the MMDA said.

The agency earlier expressed hope that exempting the medical frontliners from the modified number coding scheme provides them ease and convenience to their daily transport.

Public transport operations resumed at reduced capacity on June 1 when Metro Manila and other areas shifted to general community quarantine after more than two months on enhanced community quarantine.

LTFRB Central Office to accept official transactions starting June 3

Marje Pelayo   •   June 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that its central office will start accepting official transactions on Wednesday (June 3).

Those who will visit the central office are reminded to adhere to the government’s social distancing guidelines and health protocols such as wearing face masks, body temperature check and regular disinfection.

However, LTFRB also reminds the public that online processing of selected transactions remains as stated in the agency’s Memorandum Circular 2020-016 regarding the  mandatory on-line filing of request for selected transactions while the general community quarantine (GCQ) is still in place.

Transactions which will be accepted online include:

1. Request for Special Permit;

2. Request for Confirmation of Unit/s

3. Request for Franchise Verification

4. Correction of Typographical Error

5. Request for Issuance or Extension Provisional Authority

Procedures on how to file your request may be viewed here.

Online processing is being implemented to uphold the safety standards of social distancing, according to the agency reiterated.

Number coding scheme in Metro Manila remains suspended until June 5

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the number coding scheme in Metro Manila remains suspended until June 5.

The MMDA also clarified that the planned modified number coding scheme will still push through, although the exact date of its implementation is yet to be determined.

The MMDA explained that the new law on traffic still has to go through the legal process before it gets to be published in major newspapers to inform the public of its implementation.

Under the modified number coding scheme, private vehicles may still go on trip even if their car plate numbers are under a certain day-code as long as the passengers on board are not lesser than two.

Medical frontliners are exempted from the scheme.

On the other hand, Makati City will already be implementing the number coding scheme effective Monday, June 1. Vehicles that have two or more passengers will be exempted from the scheme. (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

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