MMDA tasked to study possibility of banning motorcycles on EDSA

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  • MMC proposed to ban motorcycles in EDSA
  • The MMC tasked the MMDA to conduct a comprehensive study on the proposal
  • There are more or less 70,000 motorcycles using EDSA

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was tasked by the Metro Manila Council (MMC) to study the possibility of banning motorcycles on EDSA in a bid to reduce the number of vehicles on the major thoroughfare.

MMDA operations supervisor Bong Nebrija disclosed that the MMC, , the policy-making arm of MMDA composed of all the mayors in the National Capital Region, instructed them to conduct a comprehensive study on the proposal to ban motorcycles along the major thoroughfare, noting that motorcycles account for the highest fatal crash rate in Metro Manila.

According to Manila Bulletin, the MMDA admitted that the task is difficult as, more or less 70,000 motorcycles are using EDSA.

“We need to balance everything. We do not want to our biases but let our engineers study it first. Should the total ban push through, motorcycle riders have to look for alternative routes,” Nebrija said.

There is at present a lane on EDSA called the “blue lane” for motorcycles. Motorcycle riders who stray from their designated lane will be slapped with a P500 fine.

 

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