It’s only been a few weeks since the Department of Transportation (DOTr) began interim operations of the new busway system along EDSA, and it’s almost inevitable that there will be motorists caught violating this system every now and then.
However, according to Inquirer, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has recently stated that half of all those caught using these dedicated bus lanes illegally were government employees aboard private cars and motorcycles. According to agency spokesperson Celine Pialago, these violators were supposed to be fined P1,000 plus a separate P150 for disregarding traffic signs, but the government personnel were “given some consideration” and were only penalized for the latter.
She stressed the importance of this system saying that that government personnel—especially uniformed ones—are emulated by the public. Likewise, she reminded that the busway may only be used by government workers inside emergency vehicles.
“We are not singling out our colleagues, but if a private vehicle with government personnel inside was seen on the bus lane, other vehicles would follow suit. This will destroy the very concept of the EDSA busway,” said Pialago.
As we mentioned earlier, the DOTr just recently rolled out this new busway system. In case you missed it, you can read up more on its operations here.