By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
From 60 kms per hour (kph), the speed limit for passenger buses and trucks will be reduced to 50 kph to lessen the number of road crashes along the major thoroughfares, said the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Areas covered by the new speed limit are Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), Commonwealth Avenue, Qurino Avenue, Araneta Avenue, CP Garcia Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, Taft Avenue, South Luzon Expressway, Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas Avenue, Magsaysay Avenue, Aurora Boulevard, Commonwealth Avenue, A. Bonifacio Avenue, Rizal Avenue, Marcos Highway, and Mc Arthur Highway.
Jojo Garcia, MMDA assistant general manager for operations, said vehicular accidents in major roads involving buses and trucks can be attributed to overspeeding.
The reduction of speed limit was approved by the Metro Manila Council, which is composed of Metro Manila mayors and other officials. However, it will be enforced next year as the resolution has yet to be signed by the Metro Manila mayors. The agency also has to coordinate with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) on the matter.
MMDA chairman Danilo Lim said the reduction of speed limit is timely with the strict implementation of the yellow lane policy along Edsa.
“We now see improvement on the travel time of buses on the yellow lane,” said Lim.
The MMDA records an average of 20 to 40 accidents and stalled vehicles daily on Edsa alone. Traffic flow is greatly affected whenever accidents happen in the metropolis.