Are cars without passengers now banned from EDSA?

The MMDA alerted us about the recent developments
by Drei Laurel | Aug 7, 2018

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that cars without passengers will soon be banned from EDSA’s high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane during rush hour.

Earlier today, reports surfaced on social media that the Metro Manila Council was considering banning cars with no passengers from EDSA’s rush hour completely. We contacted MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago for clarification, and according to her, yes, the measure was discussed and approved today.

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“The concern was discussed during the time that the provincial buses were banned from entering EDSA,” Celine told us, referring to the first time the the possibility was brought up. “Someone brought up that why not cars also?”

Celine did clarify, however, that what was approved was a ban on cars without passengers (meaning only the driver is inside) on EDSA’s HOV lane only. Cars with one or more passengers can still occupy the lane. For those of you unaware, the HOV lane is located on the leftmost side of EDSA.

This ban will be in effect during rush hour, though the agency has yet to provide the exact time covered by it. No date of implementation, penalties, or implementing rules and regulations have been set in stone--yet. Further details regarding the measure will be provided during a press conference set for this Friday.

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Do you think this will help improve Manila’s worsening traffic situation, or will this just be another item to add to our growing list of motoring headaches? Let us know what you think  in the comments.

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