Driver-only ban on EDSA still a no go - MMDA


Posted at Oct 30 2017 12:18 PM

MANILA - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday said the proposal to ban cars with only a driver from plying through EDSA is still undergoing scrutiny.

Proposals for the driver-only ban, 2-day coding scheme, and a 'one-way, all the way' scheme on the busy thoroughfare have been shelved for further study after they were raised during a meeting of the Metro Manila Council, said MMDA Assistant Manager Jojo Garcia.

"Hindi pa naman yan final. Pinag-aaralan pa ang guidance because we have to coordinate with LTFRB kasi ang mga TNVS, Grab at Uber, yan ang main purpose niyan," Garcia said of the carpooling suggestion.

Seventy-eight percent of private motorists in Metro Manila do not have companions in their vehicles, according to MMDA data. Garcia said the carpooling proposal will cut this number to half.

Under the proposal, the MMDA will ban driver-only cars along EDSA. Cars with at least two passengers, excluding the driver, will be exempted from the number coding scheme.

Aside from easing traffic and possible savings in car maintenance and fuel, Garcia said carpooling would also enhance social interaction.

The scheme, however, raised concerns as it may be unconstitutional by curtailing motorists' rights.

Former University of the Philippines College of Law dean Atty. Pacifico Agabin said the proposal, if approved, may violate a person's right to property.

It may also be considered discriminatory to the poor, since those who can afford to hire drivers will have an advantage over those who cannot afford one.

Lawyer Nicholas Ty, a transportation and public utilities law professor, added that the MMDA and the Metro Manila Council should ensure that the measure is neither arbitrary nor oppressive.