November 17, 2016
MMDA Allows Motorcycle Riders To Use 2 Lanes in EDSA, C-5
To ensure the safety of all motorists, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is allowing motorcycle riders to use the left most lane during rush hours aside from the existing motorbike lanes along EDSA and C-5.
Motorcycle riders will then be allowed two lanes to now include the leftmost lane along EDSA and C-5 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
However, motorcyclists traversing Macapagal Blvd. and Commonwealth Avenue will still be using the designated motorbike lanes at all times.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos made the decision after a consultation last night with MMDA enforcers as well as officers of various national motorcycle groups, including Felipe Rabulan of Bullriders and Rod Cruz of Arangkada and Martin Misa of RG Community all.
The MMDA official also earlier met with Atoy Sta. Cruz of the Motorcycle Federation of the Philippines, which has 30,000 card-bearing members.
“The decision to allow motorcycle riders only in EDSA and C-5 the leftmost lane in addition to the current motorcycle lane is to ensure their safety as well of other motorists. It is practically unsafe to stay on one lane in these thoroughfares especially during heavy traffic,” Orbos said.
Meanwhile, the MMDA official today clarified that there is no directive coming from the agency to stop the apprehension of violators of the Motorcycle Lane Policy.
On the contrary, Orbos said that the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT) has been intensifying the enforcement of different traffic programs including the Motorcycle Lane Policy, Yellow Lane and the Closed-door policy for public utility buses along major thoroughfares in the metropolis.
"These are measures that will ensure discipline, help in traffic congestion and more importantly promote road safety,” he said.
Data show 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.
During the two days of strict enforcement of the motorcycle regulations, more than 180 motorcycle riders were apprehended.