by UNTV | Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — Former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman and now Marikina First District Representative Bayani Fernando opposed the plan of traffic authorities to ban motorcycles along EDSA.
However, the lawmaker noted that the MMDA should consider motorcycles as four-wheeled vehicles that have no exclusive lane.
“Give one lane to the motorcyclists,” said Fernando.
He also said that the carpooling lane should be designated as well on the yellow lane.
“The traffic there is lighter,” said the congressman. — UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – Using a CCTV at its metrobase in Makati City, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) personnel strictly monitored the passage of private vehicles with 2 or more passengers along the 5th lane of EDSA.
Aside from CCTV’s, traffic enforcers assigned on overpasses have 3 handycams for clearer video footage of the vehicles.
From 6 in the morning to 12 in the afternoon, Monday, the MMDA monitored about 1,359 motorists not following the Carpool Lane Policy.
The agency admits not being able to determine the number of passengers’ onboard more than 3,700 heavily-tinted private vehicles.
The MMDA admitted it is one of the challenges they are facing in implementing the carpool lane.
“In terms of our cameras, there might be some adjustments in their positioning. There are cameras where when you use against the light, you could not see how many people are in the backseat. For now, we will maximize our resources,” MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pielago said.
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is the agency in charge of regulating car-tints.
The LTO previously said it will study anew its regulation in terms of car-tints and will release new guidelines regarding the matter.
For now, the MMDA will not apprehend motorists violating the Carpool Lane Policy.
Meanwhile, the agency’s plan to enforce the said policy along EDSA drew flak among netizens.
Some netizens argue the Carpool Lane Policy will not be effective since cameras could not capture passengers in the backseat.
Some also said the Philippines cannot adopt the traffic system of other countries since Philippine roads are narrower and smaller.
The MMDA, meanwhile, clarifies that the implementation of the carpool lane along EDSA is still under study.
“Give us a week to assess this policy. If it’s not effective, we will not implement it,” said Pielago.
Should the enforcement of the said policy pushes through, apprehended motorists will face charges of disregarding traffic sign and reckless driving, and fines of up to P650. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – A video showing a motorist shouting at a traffic law enforcer of the Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is now trending on social media.
The MMDA traffic enforcer was supposed to apprehend the motorist for committing a traffic violation.
In another video, a bus driver can be seen beating a traffic enforcer after he was apprehended for unloading a passenger in the wrong area.
These are just some of the incidents the MMDA wants to avoid through the use of body cameras by traffic law enforcers.
Earlier, the MMDA received 20 new units of body cameras donated by a private company.
According to MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, the new equipment will be a big help for MMDA personnel so they could record various incidents and traffic violations of motorists they apprehend every day.
The MMDA explained that all the videos that would be recorded in the body camera will serve as evidence in case complaints of abuse, harassment or exploitation against their traffic law enforcers surface.
“Napakalaking bagay nito dahil in the process of performing their duties itong mga enforcers natin kadalasan kasi nagkakaroon ng problema, may nagrereklamo. With this now, kapag nakarecord yung actual na nangyari, then wala tayong away,” MMDA Chairman (ret.gen) Danilo Lim said.
(This is a big help because in the process of performing their duties, our enforcers often encounter problems, complaints. With this now, if actual events are recorded, we won’t have any more arguments.)
Roland Ojano has been working as a traffic enforcer of the MMDA for 10 years now.
In his daily duty of managing the flow of vehicles, he admits encountering many unruly motorists.
He believes the body cameras they received will help them a lot.
“Yung enforcer kasi minsan naabuso rin yan. May mga motorista na hindi natin alam minsan kargado sila ng armas so naabuso yung ating mga enforcers. Dito natin makikita kung ang isang enforcer bina-bribe or yung enforcer magbibigay hudyat sa violators na kotongan niya,” Ojano said.
(An enforcer is also subject to abuse. Unbeknownst to us, there may be motorists who carry arms, so enforcers may also be abused. We can now find out whether an enforcer is being bribed or he is encouraging bribe from violators.)
MMDA traffic law enforcers will begin using the 20 new body cameras on Friday while monitoring the flow of traffic along the stretch of EDSA.
The donated body cameras are worth almost P10,000 each.
Each camera has 32 gigabyte micro SD memory card, and a battery that can last up to 8 hours.
Its battery can be recharged using a powerbank.
The MMDA, meanwhile, plans to purchase additional body cameras next year.
MMDA Chairman Danny Lim has also ordered traffic enforcers to wear the equipment during the entire period of their duty. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
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