• UNTANGLING EDSA JAM

    Ban on cars with fewer than 3 riders mulled

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    CHIEF AHOY National Police Director-General Ricardo Marquez wants more measures done to ease traffic flow on EDSA. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

    CHIEF AHOY National Police Director-General Ricardo Marquez wants more measures done to ease traffic flow on EDSA. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

    Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson on Tuesday said they are seriously considering a proposal to bar vehicles with fewer than three passengers from entering Epifanio delos Santos Avenue(EDSA) during peak hours.

    He said the scheme, among the measures being considered to lessen the volume of vehicles using Metro Manila’s busiest byway, would be implemented during the peak hours–7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    The measure is also intended to encourage car-pooling.

    A similar scheme was implemented by the Department of Transportation and Communications in the early 1990s when Metro Manila was confronted with congestion problems in the last years of the first Aquino administration.

    Malacañang earlier announced plans to reintroduce the odd-even traffic scheme and the deployment of double-decker buses.

    Singson said before the plan to restrict vehicles with fewer than three passengers is implemented, authorities will designate alternate routes for affected motorists.

    “You can only do that once the alternate routes are opened. Hindi puwedeng mag-implement nang hindi naayos ang [That cannot be implemented without taking care of] alternate routes,” Singson told reporters.

    Philippine National Police Director-General Ricardo Marquez, meanwhile, is proposing closure of certain U-turn slots and transfer of bus stops as an added measure to free traffic chokepoints along EDSA.

    Marquez inspected some of the chokepoints that are now manned by the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and noticed how traffic slows down in U-turn slots.

    He particularly pinpointed the U-turn slot near West Avenue in Quezon City that he said contributes more to the traffic problems.

    Marquez told reporters he received a text message from President Benigno Aquino 3rd congratulating them for job well done in effectively managing traffic along EDSA.

    “He told me to make sure that his ‘well done’ message be disseminated and that we go from one success to another,” he said.

    The HPG has deployed 150 traffic policemen in six EDSA chokepoints since Monday.
    Its personnel will soon be reinforced by policemen from the National Capital Region (Metro Manila) Police Office.

    “Our intervention should be mission-driven. That’s why our commanders are on the ground to see for themselves where the challenges [are]because that’s the only time you could develop suitable interventions,” Marquez said. “We cannot just guess. They cannot just decide from the office.”

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    8 Comments

    1. mga ganid kasi sa pera ang mga dilawang kulto magmula ng maupo ang ina nitong si abnoy…sinadya nila talagang hindi gawin ang kanilang trabaho para sa bayan. Inasikaso nila kung paano makabawi sa gobyerno ni marcos na nakawin ang pera ng bayan at sa mga marcoses ito ibintang..at hanggang sa ngayon. Now, sasabihin ni Abnoy pagaaralan nila. At bakit ngayon lang ninyo pagaaralan?. . Imagine in 20 years wala silang nagawa na major hiways , roads and bridges..Bakit wala ba tayong mga engineer na gagawa nito??? Mga BOBO na ba talaga ang mga tauhan ng gobyernong dilwan..??

    2. Wow i wonder if they thought what will happen to all the cars with less than 3 passengers, they will still use their cars but on other roads so what will happen, yes every other road will be clogged so you will slightly unclog edsa but seriously clog up all the other roads, im sorry you need something far more drastic than that.

      REPLY
      And what happens after I have unloaded my neighbors (which I do every day)? Are they going to kotong me because I no longer have 3 passengers?
      Tangigot talaga itong mga opisyales na ito!!!

    3. apolonio reyes on

      Nuon pinairal ang 3-4 pashero sa EDSA nuon panahon ni Cory, ito ay di nagtagal sa dahilan na marami sa mga sasakyan, tulad ngayon, ay naka ” HEAVY TINT ” at hindi makita ng MMDA TRAFFIC aide ang loob ng sasakyan at kung ilan ang pasahero ng mga sasakyan kaya hindi nila mahuli. Isa pa marami ang bumili ng manikin na inupo sa tabi at likod ng driver at hindi din mapahinto ng traffic aide.
      Bago sana ipairal ito ni Sec. Singson ay ipagbawal ang ” HEAVY TINT ” sa lahat ng sasakyan mula sa plakang NUMBER 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ETC. at huwag nang payagan ma rehistro ang lahat ng sasakyan naka ” HEAVY TINT ” at makakabawas din ito na carnapping, ika nga ” Two Birds in One Stone”.
      Sa akin lang, ang pinakamadali mabawasan ang ga HIGANTENG TRAFFIC SA EDSA ay gumawa si Pnoy ng EO na nagpapairal ng “ODD-EVEN” scheme sa RUSH HOURS MULA 7 am – 10 am at 5 pm to 8 pm. at saka pa implement rin ang saskyan na libre sa odd-even scheme kung meron minimum na 3 pasaheros AT HINDI NAKA HEAVY TINT.
      POLITICAL WILL LAMANG ANG KAILNGAN AT KAYANG-KAYA ITO NI PNOY.

    4. Band aid solutions (immediate actions) are needed as first steps in solving problems and be implemented immediately while formulating the long term and comprehensive solutions.

      Maximum 3 passengers or 3 in 1 is a good alternative and should be strictly
      implemented and monitoredwithout fail..this scheme was introduced in other country ,and it is stll
      running..beware of jockeys for hire which profilerated in the 3 in one zone boundaries ..they are being paid to ride on uni driver cars to satisfy the 3 in onepolicy.

    5. never again mmda traffic constables be allowed to man edsa, or even any other roads in the metropolis. use them in other tasks but not traffic.

    6. Hindi natin kailangan ng ” bandaid” at short term solution sa problema natin sa kalye at transportasyon. Dapat maintindihan ng kasalukuyang administrasyon na ang kailangan ay ang comprehensive at honest to goodness solution na dapat nilang inumpisahan simula pa sa una nilang taong panunungkulan. Hindi nila ito ginawa kaya eto tayo ngayon nagdurusa araw araw. Mareresolba pa ba nila ang ganitong kalaking problema gayung patapos na ang kanilang panunungkulan? Gumising tayo bayan at manindigan sa susunod na eleksiyon 2016.

    7. Whatever this administration does now about the traffic problem will be “bandaid” solutions and will not last. I will just wait for the next administration to hit the road running and embark on a massive road and bridge build up operation immediately. This is the only way out of the mess that this administration created through its ineptness and corruption. The money they should have used for this work they used elsewhere to line their pockets if not to bribe their own cabal.