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MMDA: No more space for another motorcycle lane along EDSA

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By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren 

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said there is no more space for another motorcycle lane along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) amid calls of motorcycle groups to designate exclusive lanes for motorcyclists.

Motorcycle riders, use the motorcycle lane designated for them along the stretch of EDSA in Quezon City, November 18, 2017. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

Motorcycle riders use the motorcycle lane designated for them along the stretch of EDSA in Quezon City, November 18, 2017. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We are maximizing the use of the lanes along EDSA, which only have lanes,” said Jojo Garcia, MMDA assistant general manager for planning.

The designated motorcycle lane on EDSA is on the fourth lane from the right sidewalk and run the length of EDSA from Monumento, Caloocan City to SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, and vice versa.

The lanes are “nonexclusive,” which means that private vehicles may also use them.

Starting Wednesday, traffic enforcers would strictly enforce the use of motorcycle lanes and wearing of appropriate of protective gears to prevent road accidents along EDSA. Violators will be fined P500.

Garcia said the implementation of the motorcycle lanes is necessary to promote a more orderly flow of traffic along the major thoroughfare and reduce the number of fatal accidents involving motorcycles.

Under the LTO Administrative Order AHS-2008-015, which prescribes the rules and regulations on the use and operation of motorcycles on highways, failure of the driver and/or the pillion rider to wear a standard helmet carries a P1, 500 fine.

In addition, a driver caught operating a motorcycle while wearing flip flops, sandals, slippers, or even barefoot will be fined P500, P700 and P1,000 and have their driver’s license revoked on the first, second and third offenses, respectively.

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