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P30,000 fine awaits motorists who frequently sneak into EDSA Bus Lane

In a bid to address the relentless problem of private vehicles that illegally venture into the exclusive Carousel Bus Lane along EDSA, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced a significant change that's set to affect errant drivers. To ensure smoother and more efficient commutes for all, the MMDA is taking steps to increase fines for violators of the exclusive bus lane regulation.

Why the Steeper Penalties?

MMDA Acting Chairperson, Atty. Don Artes expressed concern over the continuous disregard for the rules, despite constant warnings and reminders. Artes pointed out that the exclusive bus lane is designed for public utility buses, ambulances, and marked government vehicles responding to emergencies. The misuse of this lane has been a persistent issue, leading the MMDA to make a necessary adjustment.

New Fines and Penalties

To serve as a strong deterrent, the MMDA has approved a new fine structure through MMDA Regulation No. 23-002. Here's what you need to know:

  • First Offense: A fine of P5,000.
  • Second Offense: A fine of P10,000, along with a one-month suspension of the driver's license. Offenders will also be required to attend a road safety seminar.
  • Third Offense: A fine of P20,000 and a one-year suspension of the driver's license.
  • Fourth Offense: A hefty fine of P30,000, along with a recommendation to the Land Transportation Office for the revocation of the driver's license.

Artes clarified, however, that this increase in penalties is not meant to be punitive towards any specific group but is intended to discourage violators. He stressed that the measure is not anti-poor and is not a money-making scheme.

Education Before Implementation

Before the new fine structure is fully implemented, the MMDA will conduct information campaigns to make the public aware of the changes. It's a proactive step to ensure that everyone understands the consequences of violating the bus lane regulation.

No-Window-Hour Coding Scheme

Artes also provided insights into the no window hour coding scheme, which has been approved by the Metro Manila Council. However, the implementation date has not yet been determined. Artes mentioned that the situation on Metro Manila roads will be assessed from November 6 to 12, following the return of vacationers from the provinces during the Undas break. Depending on the increase in vehicle volume, the MMDA will decide whether to implement the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. number coding scheme in Metro Manila. 

For now, the current number coding hours from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. will still be observed.

Stay informed and be prepared for these changes to ensure a smoother and more orderly traffic flow on EDSA and across Metro Manila. Responsible driving benefits everyone, making the daily commute safer and more efficient for all residents and commuters. (PIA-NCR)

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Jimmyley Guzman

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