METRO Manila doesn’t need to revive a decades-old vehicle volume reduction scheme to solve its seemingly hopeless traffic congestion problem, a former official of the Department of Transportation and Communication said on Friday.
The former chief of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Alberto Suansing, said vehicle volume is not the main cause of congestion along Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares but the failure to implement traffic laws by agencies tasked to manage traffic like the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
“They are always blaming vehicle volume as the reason for congestion, but we believe that there is volume because of traffic congestion,” he noted.
He added that vehicle congestion exists because traffic flow is obstructed by erring public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers who stay too long in loading and unloading on undesignated areas.
Suansing cited other problems like illegal parking and sidewalk obstructions forcing pedestrians to walk along the side of the roads where they might get hit by passing vehicles.
“These are the causes of traffic congestion and by strictly enforcing traffic and road laws we can somehow ease traffic congestion, without reintroducing old traffic schemes that might only lead to additional problems,” he added.
Suansing also noted that the country has enough traffic and road policies stated under chapter 4 of the Republic Act 4136 or the “Land Transportation and Traffic Code” and the government must strictly implement them.