MANILAThe Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) clarified on Wednesday said it has yet to finalize the guidelines on the implementation of high-occupancy vehicle lanes (HOVL) along Epifanio delos Santos Ave. (Edsa) during rush hours.
The MMDA's policymaking body, the Metro Manila Council (MMC) that consists of mayors in the National Capital Region, approved the traffic scheme during its regular meeting Tuesday.
Under the policy, vehicles with two or more occupants, including the driver, would be able to pass through Edsa using the special lane.
Sa usapin po ng guidelines, implementing rules and regulations at penalties, ano 'yung rush hours mga oras na kung kailan bawal, paano ma-monitor ang mga heavily tinted vehicles, wala pa po kaming maisasagot dahil tinatapos po namin 'yung guidelines na mag-fit po sa lahat ng sektor (On the matter of guidelines, implementing rules and regulations as well as penalties, what are the rush hours and what time vehicles are not allowed, how to monitor heavily tinted vehicles, we cannot yet answer that at the moment as we are still crafting guidelines that would fit all sectors), MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago said in a television interview Wednesday.
The MMDA hopes the HOVL would encourage carpooling among motorists to further ease the traffic situation in Metro Manila.
'Yung mga guidelines kailangan pa pag-meetingan at i-submit for consultation. Hintayin ninyo po muna ang guidelines. Magkakaroon pa po ng dry run at publication within 15 days before implementation (The guidelines are yet to be deliberated and submitted for consultation. Let us wait for them. A dry run will be conducted and these guidelines will be published within 15 days before implementation), Pialago added.
Ridesharing firm Grab Philippines said it will be initiating dialogues with the government to seek clarification on the policy.
We will initiate dialogues with the authorities and our regulators as we seek clarity on this new scheme. We will include your TNVS leaders in the discussions to make sure that your concerns will be well represented, Grab country head Brian Cu said in a statement.
Other countries like Indonesia have the same policy and Grab has found a way to make it work, Cu said.
He assured Grab's drivers and operators that they will do (their) best to also make it work here.
The MMDA had proposed the HOVL last year to reduce vehicular volume along Edsa. Vehicles with at least two or more passengers were allowed to pass through Edsa using the fifth and leftmost lanes.
A dry-run was conducted in December last year to test the feasibility of the scheme but the MMDA later decided to cancel its implementation as its traffic enforcers were having difficulty inspecting heavily-tinted vehicles. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency