MANILA - Some 4,200 motorists violated the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) scheme along EDSA on the first day of its dry run on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.
MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said some 2,900 motorists were caught violating the new traffic policy during the morning rush hour.
Some non-compliant 1,300 motorists were monitored in the evening rush hour, she added.
The HOV scheme prohibits driver-only vehicles from traversing EDSA during rush hour or from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays.
Amid the public sentiment against the new scheme on the country’s busiest highway, Pialago said they are open to other solutions to decongest traffic in EDSA.
"Kaya po 'yan 'yung purpose ng dry run. Open po talaga kami for changes, for postponement, for adjustment of the final date of implementation, open sa lahat," she told "Bandila sa DZMM."
Senators signed Wednesday a resolution opposing the controversial traffic solution, calling it as a "band-aid solution" and a "piecemeal measure" that may do more harm than good.
Motorists caught violating the policy were not apprehended during the dry run.
Under MMDA Regulation No. 18-005, violators will be fined P1,000 once the measure is fully implemented.
Meanwhile, Pialago said it will pursue its complaint against a public prosecutor behind the viral towing confrontation.
The woman went to MMDA Wednesday and apologized for her behavior.
"We accepted the apology pero hindi nangangahulugan na hindi itutuloy 'yung file ng case," Pialago said.
A Facebook video uploaded Tuesday showed the public prosecutor refusing to hand her license for illegal parking.
On the heels of the viral incident, Pialago reminds motorists that the 5-minute rule starts when an MMDA officer arrives.
"Hindi nag-uumpisa sa violator, nag-uumpisa ito once dumating kami," she said.
A violator will be issued a parking ticket with a fine of P200.
If the 5-minute rule is up, MMDA can tow illegally parked vehicles, Pialago said.