September 08, 2018

Cars Parked Along Mabuhay Lanes to Be Fined

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  • No matter how proud Filipinos are of the Philippines, the awful traffic situation is not lost on us.  And with the “-ber” months rolling in, traffic is only going to get worse.

    IMAGE grabbed from MMDA Facebook page

    The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has come up and is continually thinking of ways to decongest roads such as the ban of provincial buses along EDSA, number coding scheme, truck ban, and the controversial decision to prohibit driver-only vehicles from driving on EDSA.

    Also read: Regulation on Driving Alone on EDSA Starts August 15

    A few years ago, the MMDA also laid out 17 Mabuhay or Christmas Lanes in preparation for the Christmas season. These lanes are secondary roads which private vehicles can use in order to avoid the heavily congested EDSA.

    The Mabuhay Lanes were opened in an effort to decongest EDSA./PHOTO Judgefloro, grabbed from Wikimedia Commons

    As much as motorists welcome the idea of these lanes, there are others who will be a nuisance by illegally parking along them. To counter this, the MMDA has decided that beginning August 31, 2018, illegally parked vehicles along the Mabuhay Lanes will be fined.

    Violators could be charged with at least 3 parking citations, each with a corresponding penalty: Php 200 for violation of illegal parking rule, Php 150 for the disregard of traffic signs, and Php 150 for obstruction.

    Also read: No Provincial Buses on EDSA Starting August 15

    In an effort to curb corruption and illegal towing activities, towing services will not be used along the Mabuhay Lanes but on inner roads at the request of local government units within Metro Manila.

    Towing will NOT be implemented to avoid corruption and illegal towing activities/IMAGE MMDA

    According to MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia, this is the agency’s response to stubborn vehicle owners who insist on using the road as their personal parking lot.

    Sources: MMDA

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