A photo of MMDA Regulation No. 18-005 titled ‘Establishing the Expanded High Occupancy Vehicles Lane in EDSA’ has been circulating online. The document outlines the particulars of the new ban of driver-only vehicles along EDSA during rush hours. The ban will be trialed for one week, starting August 15.
Under the measure, all lanes of EDSA would be considered HOV lanes, or meant only for public or private vehicles except motorcycles occupied by two or more passengers. It also outlines that the HOV lanes would be established along the highway for the stretch from Balintawak, Quezon City extending to Magallanes, Makati City. Both north and southbound lanes will be affected.
The window of the ban will be from 7 am to 10 am, and then from 6 pm to 9 pm on weekdays. Crossing EDSA at intersections will be allowed during these times.
Violating the regulation would mean inuring a PHP1,000 peso fine.
Full implementation of the ban is slated to begin August 23, after the 1 week trial and circulation of the news for the general public’s awareness.
The ban was approved earlier this month by the Metro Manila Council, composed of mayors from the capital region’s cities. It is meant to address the growing issue of congestion and traffic plaguing the metro.