Vehicles without passengers will soon be banned on EDSA during rush hours.
This, after the Metro Manila Council of Mayors, agreed on the reinstatement of the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) commonly known as carpooling among private vehicle owners.
Under the policy, drivers of private vehicles who drive alone or without a passenger will be stopped.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) supports the policy which according to MMDA General Manager Jose Garcia will help ease traffic situations on EDSA.
Based on MMDA’s data, 70 percent of the vehicles on EDSA ply with only the driver in it.
“Talagang ine-encourage namin sila, iyong mag-carpooling. Kung 70 percent ito ng nasa 300,000 na dumadaan sa EDSA every day, just imagine (na) 200,000 ang mag-isa lang,” Garcia said.
The MMDA suspended the implementation of the HOV lane policy due to some issues such as window tint that makes it difficult for traffic enforcers to determine the number of passengers inside a private vehicle.
The agency is further studying the policy and is planning to collaborate with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to make it more effective.
Garcia, however, clarified that the no contact apprehension policy will remain even if the HOV policy takes effect.
The agency plans to conduct another dry run of the policy prior to its full implementation. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo