Dry run of driver-only EDSA car ban to start Aug. 15 despite protests

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Posted at Aug 11 2018 10:53 AM

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MANILA - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will push through with the dry run starting August 15 of the proposed ban on private vehicles with only one person aboard during rush hours along EDSA. 

"Hindi po ito permanente. Ang hinihingi lang namin 3 hours sa umaga at 3 -hours po sa hapon," said MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia.

In an interview on DZMM Saturday morning, Garcia said the rush hour would be from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. only.

The proposed ban, which hopes to encourage carpooling through the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) scheme as approved by the Metro Manila Council, will only be implemented on EDSA. 

Garcia added that solo drivers may still take other highways and alternate routes going to their destination. 

"Yung magko-cross, pwede pong tumawid. Pag may ihahatid, ihatid nyo po. Pag kayong mag-isa na, lumabas ng EDSA para po kayo ay makauwi," said Garcia.

While the MMDA has yet to announce when it will begin implementing the scheme--meaning not just a dry run--some netizens took to social media to air their reactions to the proposed ban.

Despite the some negative reactions, Garcia is still hoping for the participation of all private motorists in the week-long dry run.

"Kailangang testingin po talaga natin. Kaya lang, pag dry-run hindi po hinuhuli kaya nakikiusap kami para maramdaman natin kung magiging epektibo, baka pwedeng lahat tayo mag-participate para makita natin kung ito ba ay makakatulong sa atin," he said.

He also reminded that the proposed ban is not the answer to Metro Manila's traffic woes.

"Ang hinihintay po natin mga infrastructure...yung Build, Build, Build. But it will take time so 'di pwedeng wala tayong gawin," he said.

"Kailangan ng participation ng lahat ng sektor, hindi po pwede ng isa lang," he said.