By Rizal Obanil
The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) began its two-day dry run on the stricter implementation of the motorcycle lanes in Metro Manila Saturday, November 12.
The dry run will continue on Sunday before the official implementation of the traffic policy on Monday.
Many motorcycle riders either ignore or are unaware of the existence of the lanes dedicated to them in a number of thoroughfares, with some plying other lanes especially to avoid congested ones.
Tim Orbos, general manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), said MMDA enforcers will also watch out for riders with no side mirrors and helmets as a way to check their safety and welfare.
Recently, the I-ACT returned traffic management authority to MMDA from the PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG).
Since then, the MMDA has been formulating solutions to end the metro’s traffic problems but Orbos, in a recent interview, admitted the solutions are multifaceted, requiring infrastructures and stricter traffic policies to go hand-in-hand.