December 13, 2016
i-ACT Strictly Enforces Nose-In, Nose Out Policy for Provincial Buses on Edsa
Beginning Thursday, December 15, the government, through the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT), will be strictly enforcing the Nose In, Nose Out Policy on provincial bus terminals along Edsa to further ease the traffic condition on major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.
Traffic personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and of other i-ACT members such as the Philippine National Police- Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and local traffic enforcers, will be holding a dry-run on Wednesday, December 14, to remind provincial bus operators of the long existing regulation.
Under MMDA Resolution 16-06, Series of 2016, the agency reiterates the Nose-In, Nose Out policy of provincial buses entering and exiting the terminals located along Edsa, stressing that there should be no queuing of buses along the major thorough at anytime.
The Resolution also notes that violators will be issued a Uniform Ordinance Violation Receipt for obstruction and disregarding traffic sign with corresponding penalty or fine.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos added that the resolution also prohibits private and public utility vehicles from unloading or loading passengers and cargo in front of the provincial bus terminals that would ultimately cause traffic snarls in the area.
To remedy this, Orbos said bus operators and owners should designate unloading or loading bays within their terminals or streets outside Edsa.
They should also employ more porters and bus conductors, and improve their ticketing system to facilitate customer transactions within the terminals as not to hamper the flow of traffic along Edsa, Orbos said.
The MMDA Resolution also prohibits provincial buses to ply the route from Edsa-Timog Avenue, Quezon City to Edsa-P. Tuazon Blvd.,Quezon City southbound from Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. These buses shall take alternate routes identified by the LTFRB.
Orbos also reminded provincial buses and operators that the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or Number Scheme remains in effect along Edsa.
Meanwhile, in anticipation of the exodus of Metro Manila residents to the provinces during the Holiday Season, the MMDA will be lifting the UVVRP for provincial buses on Dec. 22, 2016 starting 1 p.m. onwards.
It will also be lifted on Dec. 23, 2016, Dec. 29, 2016, and January 2, 2017.