MANILA, Philippines — Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) data shows the travel time on EDSA usually takes one hour and ten minutes.
But after MMDA’s implementation of the light truck ban, the time of travel on the major thorough fare has become five minutes faster.
“The good exercise diyan sa light truck ban ay talagang bumilis. Natakot sila doon sa taas nung rate, ang taas nung rate, P2000 (The good exercise in the light truck ban is that the flow of traffic really sped up. They really feared the high penalty rate of P2,000),” said MMDA OIC and general manager, Thomas Orbos.
MMDA estimates 3,000 light truck traverse EDSA every day. This is why, the agency said, banning them helps ease the usually heavy flow of vehicles on the said road.
A jeepney driver named Fortunato Gozon attested, “Medyo OK na rin ang daloy ng traffic hindi kagaya noon na nagbu-build up talaga ang traffic (The flow of traffic quite improved unlike before that heavy traffic really builds up).”
Another driver, Jerry Ramos, also gave his approval, “Yung sa mga ginawa nilang light vehicles na pinagbawalan na may oras, malaking ginhawa. Bago kami makaikot ng Commonwealth, nata-traffic kami dito. Pero ngayon medyo lumuwag nang kaunti (The banning and regulating of light vehicles is such a big relief. We used to get stuck in traffic before we could get around Commonwealth Avenue. But now, the road is less congested).”
The light truck ban takes effect on the south bound lane of EDSA from 6 to 9 in the morning. While light trucks are prohibited on EDSA north bound lane every 5 to 9 in the afternoon. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
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