Poe urges MMDA: Don’t rush ban on single-passenger cars along EDSA

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Senator Grace Poe advised the Metro Manila Development Authority to study and do a dry run first of its proposal to ban single-passenger vehicles on EDSA.

Poe, who chairs the Senate committee on public services, said the MMDA, in coordination with local governments in the metropolis, should also publish a clear set of guidelines before implementing the ban.

“Ang masasabi ko lamang ay huwag padalos-dalos. Baka puwedeng magkaroon ng isang araw na subukan nila yan kung ano ang mangyayari at magkaroon ng bukas na pagdinig,” she told reporters on Wednesday.

The MMDA recently secured the approval of the Metro Manila Council composed of city mayors for the so-called high occupancy vehicle scheme, which will be implemented on EDSA during rush hours.

Under the plan, single-rider cars or those without passengers will not be allowed along EDSA.

Poe said that while the single-passenger ban may have worked in other countries, its implementation in Metro Manila may not be as smooth because the inner roads are also clogged.

She estimates that at least 60 percent of drivers passing through EDSA will be affected once the scheme is implemented.

“Unless you can guarantee na ang mga illegally parked vehicles dun sa Mabuhay Lanes ay tatanggalin ninyo at malilinis ninyo in coordination with local governments, huwag kayong basta-basta magsasabi na hindi na puwedeng dumaan sa EDSA,” Poe said.