• MMDA to impose truck ban anew


    ADDITIONAL traffic schemes will be implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to ease traffic woes, a Palace official said on Saturday.

    Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that starting on September 15, a truck ban will be imposed from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day except on Sundays and holidays. However, Valte said there will be no restrictions imposed on trucks going North.

    Since last week, the MMDA has banned provincial buses from using Edsa in a bid to unclog the highway during rush hours.

    President Aquino has named Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras as head of an inter-agency task force tasked to coordinate government action to solve the traffic problem in Metro Manila.



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    1. Why can’t the authorities realize that there are more motor vehicles plying the Metro Manila streets than there are enough roads to accommodate those motor vehicles at a given time. They can employ all the PNP and the MMDA personnels to regulate traffic but that won’t solve the problem. The only solution to this seemingly perennial problem in Metro Manila is to rotate those vehicles in using the streets.

      For example, all motor vehicles transporting people such as jeeps, busses, cars, motor cycles, etc., except provincial busses, can use all streets in Metro Manila from 4:00 AM to 10:00 AM, and from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM; and all motor vehicles transporting merchandises, materials including all provincial busses can use all streets in Metro Manila from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM the following morning.

      If such grouping of motor vehicles are allowed to use the streets as allocated above, there will be great possibility that the flow of traffic on Metro Manila streets will be lighten to the commuters comfort and delight.

      Pedro Albea

    2. Until we do the folowing, we will never be able to extricate ourselves from this mess:
      1. Impose strict discipline on all motorists, regardless who they are.
      2. Reduce the volume of traffic by disenfranchising very old vehicles (mga kakarag-karag) that are still on the road.
      3. Improve the road system (and I must still add, put street signs that are legible at all times).
      4. Impose strict discipline (on traffic enforcers) – wala nang lagayan; and make sure that the traffic rules are properly enforced.
      5. Push the government agency that oversees vehicles’ road worthiness to do a regular check so that unworthy vehicles do not create traffic because of breakdown.
      6. Install high tech traffic management on all strategic thoroughfares in Metro Manila.
      7. Disallow and penalize unruly street vendors that unnecessarily clog traffic.

      If we can amend much of the above issues, we should be able to improve this dire situation. We lose billions of pesos in wasted time, transactions, spent fuels, and even create social pressures (motorists’ sanity and health, lost family time, etc).

    3. Catalino Garcia on

      Tolentino created this traffic mess and now Aquino appoints Almendras to clean it up.
      Spent a lot of money on Tolentino and now more money for this highly paid Almendras. What the heck did this administration do to solve the problem during the last 5 years? Hindi na puede ang “Sorry for the inconvenience”