Provincial bus ban dry run suspended—MMDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 6, 2019   •   1389

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Monday (May 6) the temporary suspension of the dry run on the provincial bus ban along EDSA.

MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said there is a pending meeting among officials from the MMDA, Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“We will continue with the dry run once the guidelines and implementing rules have been ironed out by the three agencies involved,” Garcia said in a statement.

MMDA to run after errant public bus drivers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said it will run after public utility bus (PUB) drivers who have committed hundreds of traffic violations since 2006.

MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said they were able to account for more than 1,700 PUB drivers based on its database.

The list of names of these drivers has already been turned over to the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Garcia said that based on MMDA records, one bus driver alone has committed 533 violations, including obstruction, disregarding traffic sign, loading/unloading, yellow lane, and open door.

“I was alarmed over these erring PUB drivers, so I immediately coordinated with the LTO. We will strictly enforce Republic Act 4136 against errant drivers,” he told reporters in a briefing Tuesday.

Under RA 4136, also known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines, a driver who commits the same violations at least three times in a year may face automatic suspension of his/her license for at least one to two years.

The MMDA said the PNP-Highway Patrol Group Traffic Enforcement Unit will apprehend the suspended PUB drivers once the list comes out.

The LTO, for its part, assured the public that due process will be observed in dealing with these traffic law violators.

“Our aim is to instill discipline among the PUB drivers. Also, this is for the safety of passengers,” Garcia said.

He also warned bus operators against hiring PUB drivers with numerous traffic violations.

“Please exercise extra-ordinary diligence in hiring a PUB driver or else we will impound your vehicle,” he said.

The agency said it is currently scrutinizing records of public utility vehicle drivers’ traffic violations from 2018 up to present.

Copies of these records will be submitted to the LTO for proper action.

MMDA braces for heavier traffic on Undas break

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2019

Vehicles are stuck in traffic at a street in Divisoria, Manila, Philippines. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday warned the public to expect heavier traffic volume during the observance of Undas.

The MMDA said the traffic is anticipated to buildup on Thursday, Oct. 31 as motorists usually begin their travel to provinces a day before the Undas weekend commences.

“Kailangan ng kooperasyon, magbaon po ng mahabang pasensya. Alam niyo po yung pag-exit pa lang ng Metro Manila, expect a build-up in Magallanes and in Balintawak and in Mindanao avenue,” MMDA EDSA traffic chief Edison “Bong” Nebrija told reporters.

To accommodate the influx of passengers going to and coming from provinces during this season, the MMDA announced earlier the suspension of number coding scheme for all public and private vehicles on November 1.

Coding for provincial passenger buses is lifted on Oct. 31 and November 4.

Around 2,300 MMDA personnel will be deployed in key thoroughfares, transport hubs and major cemeteries of Metro Manila from October 30 to November 4 to assist travelers, and ensure orderliness in roads and sidewalks.

Earlier in the day, MMDA traffic law enforcers were fielded in bus ports in Cubao in Quezon City for the strict implementation of the nose in, nose out policy to prevent traffic gridlock.

They also reprimanded drivers of taxis and buses loading and offloading passengers in undesignated areas.

Aside from manning traffic and road clearing operations, the MMDA will also collect garbage from cemeteries before and after November 1. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

MMDA to lift number coding for ‘Undas’

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2019

A general view of the traffic along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Simulation Lanes rehearsal in Manila, Philippines, 09 November 2015. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or number coding scheme for all private and public utility vehicles in Metro Manila will be lifted during the Catholic community’s observance of Undas, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In a statement, the MMDA said the number coding for both private and public vehicles will automatically be suspended on November 1, Friday, while coding for provincial buses is lifted on October 31, Thursday, and November 4, Monday.

The MMDA said the coding will be suspended to accommodate more passengers going to and coming from provinces during Undas.

“A no-day off, no absent policy will be enforced among our traffic enforcers on October 31, November 1 and November 4,” MMDA chairman Danilo Lim said in a statement.

The agency will also deploy 2,300 personnel in key thoroughfares, transport hubs and major cemeteries of Metro Manila from October 30 to November 4 to assist motorists and travelers.

This is to ensure orderliness of roads and sidewalks, as well as assist passengers in carrying their baggage at bus terminals.

“We shall conduct random/on-the-spot breathalyzer tests on bus drivers to determine whether or not they are under the influence of alcohol. Should they fail, they would not be allowed to drive unless they take a rest,” Lim said.

Members of the Metro Parkway Clearing Group are also tasked to clean and collect trash from cemeteries before and after November 1.

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