CEOs, COOs propose fee for private cars' use of congested roads


Posted at Nov 28 2019 03:53 PM

Vehicles traverse the stretch of EDSA in Cubao, Quezon City. Jonathan Cellona. ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA -- A group composed of the Philippines' CEOs and COOs on Thursday suggested charging private cars for using congested roads during rush hour, as it appealed to the government to "do something" to solve the capital's daily gridlocks.

The 1,000-strong Management Association of the Philippines proposed "congestion pricing" saying employees of member firms were "crying for a solution."

Cities like London and Singapore implement congestion pricing to discourage the use of private cars in high traffic areas like central business districts, the US Federal Highway Administration said in a report.

Public utility vehicles should be prioritized and allocated more lanes during rush hours. These should also be exempted from the number coding scheme to encourage the use of public transport, the MAP said.

"It is absurd that the Number Coding applies to PUVs, considering that hundreds of thousands of commuters are lining up starting at 5:30 a.m. and as late as 9:30 p.m.," the group said. 

The group also called for the creation of a "Central PUV command" that will closely monitor PUV demand.

Private cars meanwhile should be allowed to use all lanes during non-rush hours, it said.

Reduced transportation costs of 25 to 40 percent could bring down the price of rice by 60 percent, it said.

Traffic navigation app Waze earlier said that Metro Manila's traffic congestion may be the worst in the world. The Asian Development Bank also said Metro Manila is the most congested city in developing Asia.

Ambulance drivers have also complained of emergency patients dying en route to hospitals amid heavy traffic.