PUBLIC utility buses (PUBs) were top violators during the first week of enforcement of the yellow lane scheme along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA).
During that period, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Emerson Carlos said over the weekend, 70 PUBs and 61 private vehicles were apprehended.
The scheme was implemented starting January 18 from Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City to Guadalupe in Makati City (south-bound only) at EDSA to help address traffic congestion.
Carlos said the scheme allows passenger buses to travel faster, thus, mitigating the gridlock along Edsa.
He added that implementation of the scheme allows high occupancy vehicles such as PUBs to move faster, thus helping ease the traffic congestion at EDSA, a major thoroughfare.
But despite the implementation of the scheme, Carlos said he was surprised that PUBs still wanted to go out of the yellow lane.
“We are wondering why PUBs still wanted to go out of the yellow lane considering that it was already decongested,” he told the agency’s weekly radio program.
Besides, Carlos said, the PUBs have no reason to go out of the yellow lane since no passengers are unloading at the inner lane of EDSA.
He pointed out that the scheme was effective because travel time of PUBs was shortened.
PUBs violating the yellow lane scheme will be fined P200 and private vehicles, P500.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO