MANILA, Philippines – Several Metro Manila mayors lauded the implementation of the motorcycle lane scheme by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Motorcycle lanes, called “blue lanes,” may soon be implemented in Quezon, Mindanao, and Quirino avenues if the policy is proven effective, said Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista.
Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, for her part, said the policy can also be used as an anti-crime tool because it will make tracking “riding in tandem” killers easier.
According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), incidents of killings involving riding-in-tandem gunmen continue to rise.
Compared to 1,565 reported cases in 2010, there were already 1,700 cases from January to August 2011.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the full implementation of motorcycle lanes begins on Monday, October 24.
A P500 fine and a ticket will be issued to violators.
Motorists are excused from the scheme when making turns or U-turns, in which case motorcycle riders are to gradually shift lanes 100 meters away from the turning point.
The motorcycle lanes along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City and Macapagal Avenue in Pasay and Parañaque were painted blue so that it easily identified by motorists.
A trial run of the scheme was implemented on Monday, October 17.
MMDA said that in the first 3 hours of its implementation, 178 motorcycle drivers were apprehended along Commonwealth Avenue.
More than a thousand violators have already been apprehended.
The MMDA also plans to implement the scheme along EDSA and the C-5 Road. -- Reports from Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News; ANC