Report: MMDA boss spurns proposed private-vehicle ban on EDSA

Says it will affect the economy
Oct 1, 2014 Philippine Car News - Report: MMDA chief against private vehicle ban on EDSA

It looks like Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board member Ariel Inton need not present his proposed plan to ban private vehicles from EDSA during rush hour, to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority as the latter's chief has already gone on record that he is against it.

According to, MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said that banning private vehicles from EDSA for four days a week will affect the country's economy.

"This will not only go against the rights of private car owners, but will also affect the growth drivers of our economy who go to the central business districts of Makati, Ortigas and BGC," Tolentino was quoted as saying.

Tolentino added that private vehicles are still a necessity since Metro Manila has no advanced public transport system.

However, while the MMDA chief may be against Inton's plan, Elvira Medina of the National Center for Commuter Safety and Protection is in favor of it.

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"We support it 101% because we are very happy that, for the first time, somebody thought of a very refreshing solution which we think can really help the commuters a lot," Medina reportedly said.

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