MANILA, -- The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) will be strictly enforcing the 'nose in, nose out' policy on provincial bus terminals along EDSA to further ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila starting Thursday, December 15, 2016.
The policy prohibits loading and unloading of passengers along major thoroughfares anytime of provincial buses entering and exiting terminals located along EDSA.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Resolution 16-06 Series of 2016 also prohibits private and public utility vehicles from unloading or loading of passengers and cargo in front of provincial bus terminals that cause traffic congestion in the area.
Provincial buses are also prohibited to traverse from EDSA-Timog Avenue, Quezon City to EDSA-P. Tuazon Boulevard Quezon City southbound from Monday to Friday, 6a.m. until 10a.m. but instead take alternate routes to be identified by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos urged bus operators and owners to designate unloading or loading bays within their terminals or streets outside EDSA.
"They (bus operators) should also employ more porters and bus conductors and improve their ticketing system to facilitate consumer transactions within the terminals so as not to hamper the flow of traffic along EDSA," according to Orbos.
Violators shall be issued a Uniform Ordinance Violation Receipt for obstruction and disregarding traffic signs with corresponding penalties or fines.
Traffic personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and of other i-ACT members such as the Philippine National Police- Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and local traffic enforcers, will be holding a dry-run tomorrow, December 14, to remind provincial bus operators of the regulation.
Meanwhile, the MMDA will be lifting the number coding scheme for provincial buses on December 22, 23 and 29, 2016 as well as January 2, 2017 in anticipation of the influx of passengers going to the provinces for the holiday season.
Source: Philippines News Agency