AFTER the take-over of the Philippine National Police–Highway Patrol group (PNP-HPG) in Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) as part of the effort to ease traffic congestion in the highway, the government is now pondering on making carpooling mandatory to further lessen vehicle volume.
According to Secretary Rogelio Singson of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), carpooling is one of the schemes they are looking at to effectively reduce vehicle volume along the 23-kilometer highway.
Singson, however, said that carpooling would only be implemented during the morning and evening rush hours from 7am to 10am and 5pm to 8pm.
“The number of vehicles during peak hours [has]to be regulated to maximize the use of Edsa. We’re assessing everything and this will be discussed when we hold another meeting this Friday along with other findings on how to fix the bus lanes,” Singson said during the Senate finance committee hearing on DPWH proposed 2016 budget.
Under the proposed carpooling scheme, cars carrying less than three passengers would not be allowed to use Edsa during peak hours.
“You can only do that (carpool) once the alternate routes are opened. This is one of the many recommendations to address the traffic problem in Metro Manila,” Singson explained.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has been against the idea since it was proposed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) several years ago, saying it would only encourage colorum operations.
Colorum is referred to as passenger vehicles that don’t have a legal franchise or certificate of public convenience (CPC) issued by the LTFRB.