MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has put on hold the implementation of the carpool lane on Edsa but will continue the dry run for the traffic scheme until the next few weeks.
The carpool lane refers to the fast and fifth lane on EDSA where only vehicles with two or more passengers are allowed to pass.
When this is implemented, violators will be fined P500.
The scheme aims to encourage motorists to share a ride and reduce the number of cars plying EDSA by maximizing a vehicle’s seating capacity.
MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialogo said the agency still needs to finalize a few more requirements, particularly in monitoring heavily tinted vehicles, before it can properly implement the scheme
“We need to adjust our cameras and check the capabilities of our men in Metrobase. Heavily tinted vehicles remain to be a challenge so we need to talk about it first and assess, evaluate, before we make a decision. We don’t want to implement a policy na medyo alanganin (that is half-baked),” said Pialogo.
Based on MMDA’s study, an estimated 6,000 heavily tinted vehicles ply EDSA every day.
Meanwhile, several motorists believe the carpool lane scheme is not enough to reduce heavy traffic.
Some insist discipline and enforcement of traffic regulations are what’s lacking on EDSA. — UNTV News & Rescue