By Jel Santos
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Saturday clarified that trucks and buses were excluded from the 60-kilometer per hour (kph) speed limit that will be implemented on EDSA and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila because they are now only allowed to travel as fast as 50 kph.
Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago, MMDA spokesperson, said there was already an existing policy regulating the speed limit of trucks and buses, referring to MMDA Regulation No. 17-003.
“There is already an MMDA regulation for buses and trucks. MMDA Regulation No. 17-003 only permits buses and trucks to travel as fast as 50 kph,” she said after some netizens slammed the agency for exempting buses and trucks from the new policy.
Recently, the agency announced that the 60 kph speed limit will be imposed soon on EDSA and other major roads following the approval of MMDA Regulation No. 19-001 Series of 2019. It was approved by the Metro Manila Council.
Pialago said motorists who will violate the speed limit will be fined P1, 000.
The 60 kph speed limit seeks to eradicate accidents on major roads caused by overspeeding.
It will be imposed on the following roads:
Pres. Quirino Avenue
CP Garcia Avenue
Southeast Metro Manila Expressway
South Luzon Expressway
Magsaysay Boulevard / Aurora Boulevard
Quezon Avenue / Commonwealth Avenue
A. Bonifacio Avenue
Del Pan / Marcos / Mc Arthur Highway
MMDA Regulation No. 19-001 was published on newspapers last April 4.