MMDA sets dry run of ban for single-passenger vehicles on EDSA next week

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The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is bent on oushing through with its plan to ban single-passenger vehicles along EDSA despite the criticism it is getting from motorists.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia on Friday said a dry run for the so-called “High Occupancy Vehicle” scheme will be conducted next week starting August 15, from 7 to 10 in the morning and 6 to 9 in the evening.

“Let us see for one week how the HOV scheme will work. We are calling on the participation of the public,” he said.

During the dry run period, Garcia said the MMDA will make use of the no contact apprehension policy (NCAP) in counting the vehicles that will comply or violate the single-passenger vehicle ban.

The NCAP utilizes closed circuit television cameras installed along EDSA in monitoring and catching traffic violators.

Based on MMDA’s traffic simulation, Garcia said EDSA will have 40 percent less vehicles if single-passenger cars are banned.

An average of 367,738 vehicles pass through EDSA daily, according to MMDA. Of this figure, as much as 185,645 are occupied by a single passenger.