- The MMDA will test a high-occupancy vehicle lane on EDSA
- Only cars with two or more passengers, including the driver would be allowed to use it
- A dry run will start on December 11
In a bid to alleviate the traffic problem on EDSA by encouraging carpooling, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is planning to implement the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane, wherein driver-only cars would be banned in using it.
The measure, as per Rappler, was proposed by the Metro Manila Council, the governing board and policy making body of the MMDA composed of the mayors of Metro Manila and the MMDA chairman.
Under the proposal, the innermost lane just beside the Metro Rail Transit wall will be used as the HOV lane. Only cars with two or more passengers, including the driver, would be allowed to use it. Cars with single occupancy would be banned from using the lane.
The “HOV vehicles” are still subject to the existing number coding scheme, the MMDA said.
The MMDA is hopeful that the proposed measure would decrease the car volume on EDSA by at least 30 percent, citing its data that 50 to 60 percent of the vehicles traversing EDSA only have drivers and no passengers.
Jojo Garcia, MMDA assistant general manager for planning, said they will assess the effectivity of the HOV lane in decongesting EDSA during the weeklong dry run that will start on December 11.
No arrests would be made during the dry run period, but once it is implemented, violators would be slapped with P500 fine for disregarding traffic sign.