MMDA Says Driver-Only Ban Would Remove Around 30% of Vehicles Along EDSA

Where are singles supposed to go then?

(SPOT.ph) It looks like things change is coming along EDSA, but whether it's for better or worse, we'll soon find out. Government agencies are all scrambling to get the thoroughfare cleaned up before 2019 ends, working under a declaration made by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. One of the solutions thought up by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is a revival of the highly contested singles-only ban, which according to the agency would remove over 100,000 vehicles from EDSA, according to a report by the Manila Bulletin

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“We are seeing around 100,000 vehicles that will be reduced with the carpooling policy, which is around 30 percent of the total vehicles on EDSA,” Bong Nebrija, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Traffic Chief, told the broadsheet. According to the agency, around 388,000 private and public vehicles traverse EDSA. Earlier, a total of about 140,000 vehicles were estimated to be affected by the ban, but new reports supposedly say otherwise. 

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Nebrija also said that the MMDA plans to separate private and public vehicles traveling through EDSA by placing a physical barrier between designated lanes. They will also be enforcing physical and non-contact apprehensions more strictly, he added. 

“The driver-only ban has never been out of the picture," said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago. “We have studies from the MMDA working group that prove that 90% of cars in EDSA are private, and from that 90%, more than half are driver-only," she told Top Gear Philippines in an interview in February.

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