Senator: Don't rush driver-only ban, fix illegal parking first

'Wag padalos-dalos'
by Drei Laurel | Aug 8, 2018


A Senator has spoken up regarding the Metro Manila Council (MMC) and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) plan to ban cars without passengers from EDSA during rush hour.

According to Senator Grace Poe, the MMDA shouldn't rush implementing the new measure, and should prioritize clearing Manila's side streets of illegally parked vehicles first: "Ang masasabi ko lamang ay huwag padalos-dalos. Baka puwedeng magkaroon ng isang araw na subukan nila yan kung ano ang mangyayari at magkaroon ng bukas na pagdinig. Kasi hindi puwedeng unilateral at sasabihing 'o ngayon ganito na.' Magkaroon muna ng trial period tapos tingnan natin kung ito ba'y magiging epektibo."

"Unless you can guarantee na ang mga illegally parked vehicles dun sa Mabuhay Lanes ay tatanggalin ninyo at malilinis ninyo in coordination with local governments, huwag kayong basta-basta magsasabi na hindi na puwedeng dumaan sa EDSA," she added."Malinis na ba ang side routes na daraanan? Kayo ba'y nagkaroon na ng trial period para siguraduhin kung ano ba ang magiging epekto nito?"

The senator also said that the scheme might work in other countries, because they have many alternate routes for motorists to turn to: "Puwedeng ginagawa 'yan sa ibang bansa at matagumpay kasi marami silang alternate routes. Dito sa ating bansa, EDSA ang main thoroughfare natin, ang mga puwedeng daanan sa iba't ibang kalsada ay barado."

The MMDA has yet to provide implementing rules and regulations, penalties, or even a potential start date for the driver-only ban, but motorists are already up in arms over the new measure. Do you agree with Poe that the MMDA should clear Manila's side streets before pushing through with the ban?

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