Strict enforcement will solve traffic woes

HE new Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) experiment to dedicate one lane along EDSA as high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane, where only vehicles with at least two passengers are allowed to use, could most likely worsen instead of solve the already exasperating traffic in Metro Manila.
With two lanes along EDSA already designated as yellow lanes where only buses can use, the new HOV lane will further constrict traffic for private vehicles (one passenger only) along the busiest road stretch of Metro Manila.
Remember that along this busy stretch, most part of it is only four lanes, except in some areas where it spreads further into five lanes.
And taking into account that not much new roads are being built, while car sales is continuously increasing, the MMDA HOV experiment, could only worsen the traffic situation along EDSA.
Why can’t MMDA strictly enforce its earlier experiments first like the yellow lane, before coming up with another experiment?

Worsening Traffic
It’s really sad that while MMDA is praying to the heavens for their experiments to work, millions of man hours are being wasted and hundreds of millions of opportunities are lost because of the worsening traffic in Metro Manila.
There are already sufficient road rules for MMDA to enforce. And like the observations of a popular TV and radio personality of a morning TV and radio program, enforcement is one of the reasons why MMDA is not able to contain the worsening traffic situation in the Metro area.

Traffic Management Program
So many MMDA traffic enforcers are concentrated in certain portions along EDSA, while there are areas where you can’t even see a single enforcer.
Perhaps, it is about time for the MMDA leadership to take a second look at their traffic management program, if only to ensure that the whole or, at least, most part of EDSA will be physically monitored by MMDA enforcers.
I don’t drive much along EDSA, but I have seen buses getting out of the yellow lanes and encroaching on the lanes dedicated for private vehicles.
And yet their drivers are left unbothered by MMDA enforcers, because they are either not there, or they are looking the other way.

No-nonsense
MMDA Chairman Gen. Danilo Lim (Ret) is a no-nonsense person. I have seen him work when he was Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Group of the Bureau of Customs and I was president of the Customs Press Corps.
I know that Gen.  Lim will not allow his enforcers to dilly-dally in their work. Already, he has allegedly fired hundreds of MMDA enforcers for poor job performance or for their involvement in illegal activities.
But, maybe, Gen. Lim should first enhance the enforcement of traffic rules, before trying on another traffic experiment.

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