• Govt to make carpooling mandatory

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    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.

     

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    1. Most large cities around the world encourage car pooling through the creation of HOV lanes or High Occupancy Vehicle lanes, whereby single drivers with no passengers are not allowed in certain lanes. Some require a minimum of 2 to 3 occupants. Now that would work. Leave only one lave for regular cars and create 2 to 3 HOV lanes plus 2 dedicated lanes for buses. But then, DO NOT ALLOW PRIVATE BUSES on EDSA. EDSA should ONLY have controlled buses whereby drivers are NOT in a hurry, DO NOT compete with one another for clients standing at the next stop, and FULLY respect the rules of the road. SAFETY first NOT profit, it is supposed to be PUBLIC freaking transportation not a bonanza for privateers to make money. A truly public operated system, with control mechanism to remove or add buses on the road in accordance to the demand, would be a dream come true for the whole metropolitan area.

    2. Dumb. You already have your number coding scheme, now you want to further limit the use of private vehicles by not letting anybody on EDSA with just a driver and passenger? Do we get some rebates on road user’s tax then? Or maybe slash the price of our annual registration?

      Genius, this DPWH czar. Hey, if they can’t – won’t – do their jobs…yeah, let’s pass on the problem to the private citizens, eh? No money to build more roads, only money for kickbacks and electoral campaigns.

      And again, our precious trapos need to get around without the hassles of number coding and carpooling. They will have to take EDSA all the time using a minimum three-SUV convoy (full-sized ones) to get to the office and figure out how their department can avoid holding the bag. Hypocrites!

    3. Nice don’t drive your car to work any more unless you can find 2 other people to ride with you. Whatcha wanna bet that doesn’t apply to government officials.

      Sat on their butts for 5 years not doing anything about the problem and now they have a solution (don’t drive your car). Brilliant.

      Better leave early to get a seat on the mass transit, of course that’s in bad shape as well.