ICYMI: Bulacan’s new bike-friendly road, NAIA’s taxi ban, and more

Catch up on the most important motoring news from the past week
by TopGear.com.ph | May 11, 2019
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A new 9.6km bike lane has been opened along Pulilan-Baliuag Diversion Road in Bulacan

“Good news for Bulacan bike riders: Earlier today, May 9th, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inaugurated the 9.6km Pulilan–Baliuag Diversion Road in Bulacan, which includes a designated lane for bike riders. The road begins at Pulan-Calumpit Road in Barangay Tibag near NLEX and ends at Daang Maharlika in Barangay Tarcan, Baliuag.

“The ceremony was attended by DPWH secretary Mark Villar, along with other DPWH and Bulacan officials. The secretary says that the purpose of the four-lane, P50.694-million project is to ‘improve traffic flow and ensure the safety of travel.’”

Taxi fleet banned from NAIA due to driver’s misconduct

“Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal has ordered MIAA police authorities to ban the entire fleet of Davis Taxi at all Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals.

“The move comes after one of the fleet’s drivers went viral for charging a pair of Austrian vloggers extra for pieces of luggage the two had with them. As frequent Philippine visitors, the vloggers knew this was unusual and refused to pay. The driver then reportedly became aggressive. After the couple’s post went viral, the taxi driver was sought and eventually caught by the MIAA’s Intelligence and Investigation Department.”

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Reckless drivers may soon face longer prison sentences

“Senator Koko Pimentel has filed Senate Bill No. 118, which will amend Article 365 of the Revised Penal Code, and impose stiffer penalties and longer prison sentences on those found guilty of reckless imprudence and negligence.

“According to the senator, such changes will help deter cases involving damage to property and loss of lives. Pimentel went on to cite the 2014 Bulacan State University field trip accident, among other tragedies involving vehicles, as an example.”

Grab postpones charging of cancellation and no-show fees

“Operating TNCs have agreed to postpone the new fees in the meantime until further notice from the Board. On the other hand, Grab clarifies that,‘no fees have yet been charged or collected, since the actual implementation of the policy was set to start next week.’”

Construction of LRT-1 Cavite Extension officially begins

“If you’re one of the Caviteños in the Manila workforce, then this is something you’re surely looking forward to: The Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Light Rail Transit Authority, and the Light Rail Manila Corporation have announced the start of construction of the LRT-1 Cavite Extension project on May 7, 2019.

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“The project will stretch the current LRT-1 railway from Baclaran to Niog in Bacoor, Cavite, and is set to begin partial operations in the fourth quarter of 2021.”

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