- Motorcycle riders held a protest rally at the EDSA People Power Monument
- The protesters voiced their opposition to the proposed banning of motorcycles from plying EDSA
- The MMDA assured motorcycle riders that they would not haphazardly implement the proposed policy
Hundreds of placard-bearing motorcycle riders converged at the EDSA People Power Monument Sunday morning, December 10, to express their opposition to the proposal to ban motorcycles from plying the major thoroughfare.
Earlier, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) disclosed that it was tasked by the Metro Manila Council, the policy-making arm of the MMDA composed of all the mayors in Metro Manila, to conduct a comprehensive study on the proposed policy to ban motorcycles on EDSA, considering that motorcycles account for the highest fatal crash rate in the National Capital Region.
During their protest on EDSA, Jobert Bolaños of the Motorcycle Riders Organization said there is no law that justifies the proposed policy to “discriminate” motorcycle riders who are paying the same road tax as other motorists.
Bolaños told ABS-CBN that motorcycles are not prone to causing accidents and traffic jams “because they are flexible and agile.”
The MMDA assured motorcycle riders that they would not haphazardly implement the proposed policy.