MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has begun its implementation of its motorcycle lane scheme along Commonwealth Avenue and Macapagal Boulevard on Monday.
The MMDA said beginning Monday, motorcycles travelling along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City will only be allowed to use the avenue’s 4th lane.
Motorcycles travelling along the Macapagal Boulevard in the cities of Parañaque and Pasay, on the other hand, will only be allowed to use the outermost lane.
The MMDA explained that those who wish to make a left turn may shift to inner lanes 100 meters before the boulevard's intersection.
The motorcycle lanes can still be used by other vehicles, except heavy vehicles such as trucks and buses.
The MMDA explained that the first week of the implementation of the scheme will serve as a dry run.
Beginning October 24, those who will be caught violating the scheme will be fined P500, and will be required to attend a 15-minute on-the-spot seminar.
In the first three hours of its implementation along Commonwealth Avenue, the MMDA has apprehended 178 motorcycle drivers who violated the scheme.
The MMDA said the violators included MMDA personnel, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) personnel, policemen and soldiers.
Stickers were also attached to the motorcycles of the violators, to indicate that they are already aware of the policy.
The MMDA deployed 69 personnel to monitor the entire stretch of Commonwealth Avenue. A motorcycle group of 50 volunteers were also present to give assistance to the motorists.
The MMDA said it also plans to implement the scheme along EDSA Avenue and C-5 Road.
The new scheme is MMDA’s response to the high number of deaths from road accidents involving motorcycles.
The agency’s record shows there have been 7,938 motorcycle accidents and 83 deaths from January to June 2011. – Reports from Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News; dzMM