by Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
No fatal motorcycle-related accident was reported in the metropolis in the first week of intensified implementation of the motorcycle lane policy, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Celine Pialago, MMDA spokesperson, attributed this to the compliance of motorcycle riders to the lanes’ revival along EDSA, C-5 Road, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue.
“Many of the riders are now observing the rules and regulations concerning them. I believe that our information dissemination has been successful,” said Pialago over the agency’s radio program.
In the first week, Bong Nebrija, MMDA supervising operations officer, said 345 were apprehended by MMDA for violating the rules on motorcycle lanes and other violations, such as absence of crash helmets, side mirrors and signal lights and improper attire
“More than implementing the law, we want to educate the riders for their safety,” said Nebrija, citing that out of the 265 vehicular accidents daily in Metro Manila, 30 involve motorcycle riders.