December 12, 2017, 7:09 am
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MMDA to strictly enforce yellow lane policy

STARTING today, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will strictly implement the yellow lane policy to decongest traffic flow during the holiday season. 

Bong Nebrija, MMDA operations supervisor, said public utility vehicles like buses, jeepneys, and utility vans should only use the rightmost side of the road.

Nebrija said private vehicles can enter the yellow lane 100 meters before they exit or turn to their destination.

Nebrija said the first lane from the sidewalk will serve as loading and unloading zone while the second lane will be for provincial and point-to-point buses.

He said PUV drivers who will pick up and drop off passengers on the second lane next to the designated lane will be apprehended and fined P700. 

Data from the MMDA showed the number of vehicles in the metropolis is expected to increase by 20 percent this holiday season. The MMDA also said road accidents also increase during the yuletide season.

Data from the agency showed that 23,105 of the 109,322 road crashes last year involved motorcyclists. This means that 30 of the average 265 road-related injuries daily involve motorcycle riders. 

Nebrija said the agency will also strictly implement the motorcycle lane policy in the metropolis starting Wednesday. 

He said the MMDA will conduct a two-day dry run for the implementation of motorcycle lanes or blue lanes on EDSA today and tomorrow. 

Nebrija also said motorcyclists can overtake to the left-most lane instead of swerving and cutting across other motorists.

Violators of the motorcycle lane policy will be fined P500.

Various government agencies led by the Department of Transportation observed the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims yesterday through a motorcade on Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City.

Among those who joined the motorcade were personnel of the PNP, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the MMDA, together with representatives of some civil society organizations. – Evan Orias and Angela Lopez de Leon
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