By Jel Santos
Beginning April 22, the Metropolitan Manila Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will strictly enforce the no loading and unloading policy for provincial buses along EDSA and major thoroughfares in the metropolis.
MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said violators of the existing policy will be fined P500 once apprehended.
“Provincial buses are not allowed to load and unload passengers along EDSA and other major roads in Metro Manila,” he said during a press briefing. “It is about time we enforce discipline to restore order on the roads.’
Also, he said that “Provincial Bus Loading and Unloading” signs on EDSA will be removed.
Provincial buses, the MMDA general manager said, must only use their respective terminals in picking up and dropping off passengers since they travel “point to point” or directly from the terminal to the drop-off point.
Closure of bus terminals in May, Its Dry Run
The MMDA general manager said the agency is now eyeing to close all the 47 bus terminals along EDSA in May. Before, the agency said it will close all terminals in June.
On the other hand, Garcia said the dry run for the closure of bus terminals along EDSA will surely push through on April 22.
During the dry run, the MMDA said it will oblige operators of bus terminals to use the government-provided terminals such as the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange and facilities located in Sta. Rosa Laguna and Valenzuela City.
Garcia said they will coordinate with local government units of Pasay City and Quezon City which have jurisdiction over the locations of the terminals.
“We will write all concerned local government units for the eventual closure of the terminals along EDSA,” he said.
To recall, the Metro Manila Council has recently issued a regulation, prohibiting or revoking the business permits of all public utility bus terminals and operators and other public utility vehicle terminals along EDSA.