November 14, 2016
Close to 200 Violators Cited During 1st Day of Motorcycle Lane Policy Enforcement
Close to 200 motorists were apprehended and cited for violating the Motorcycle Lane Policy during the first day of its strict implementation today, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
As of 1 p.m., MMDA traffic personnel deployed along EDSA, C-5, Commonwealth Avenue, and Macapagal Boulevard flagged down a total of 148 motorcycle riders who were mostly deviating from the designated motorcycle lane.
The number is expected to increase in the following days as more traffic enforcers will be deployed in the four major thoroughfares, the MMDA said.
The MMDA traffic constables were also assisted by members of the Motorcycle Federation of the Philippines (MCFP) during the stringent enforcement of the Motorcycle Lane Policy.
Jojo Medina, MCFP director for Operations, admitted that there are still numerous motorcyclists who still do not know traffic rules and regulations concerning motorbikes.
Medina said their organization is more than willing to conduct seminars on road safety and traffic regulations to new motorcycle riders.
MCFP officers and members met with MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos last week and proposed that a designated lane along roads be kept open during a traffic standstill, apart from the regular motorcycle lane.
Data shows that out of the 265 vehicular accidents daily in Metro Manila, 30 involve motorcycle riders.
Based on the Road Crash Statistical Report from January to April 2016, a total of 7,033 motorcycle accidents were recorded.
Out of the number of motorcycle-related mishaps, 82 cases were fatal, according to the report.
In 2015, MMDA recorded a total of 18,668 motorcycle-related accidents in the metropolis, 238 of which resulted to deaths.
In 2013, government figures showed that there were almost 700,000 registered motorcycles and tricycles in Metro Manila alone.
During the first day of strict implementation, MMDA personnel also checked motorcycle riders’ proper attire, such as crash helmet, long pants, and shoes; and the mandatory switching on of headlights even during daytime.
They flagged down motorcycles which do not have signal lights and side-mirrors. The strict implementation of the Motorcycle Lane Policy is part of the initiative of the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) to decongest Metro Manila thoroughfares.
I-ACT is composed of the Department of Transportation, MMDA, Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group, Land Transportation Office, and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.