Edsa bus scheme nets 121 violators



Although it has been in effect for just two days, the bus segregation scheme on Edsa has already been declared a success by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino.

“There are just a few adjustments to be made. There is just some confusion because some people are not aware of it. But I expect that will last only until [Thursday],” he said in an interview Wednesday.

Based on figures posted by MMDA traffic discipline czar Yves Gonzalez on his Twitter account, the agency has accosted the drivers of 121 city buses plying the Edsa route for violating the newest traffic scheme since the start of its implementation on Tuesday.

Of the total, 22—14 bus drivers on Tuesday and eight more on Wednesday—were apprehended after their vehicles were found to be operating without the required stickers from the MMDA.

The rest were accosted after they picked up or let off passengers at loading bays that were not assigned to them. Of the 99 bus drivers that were apprehended for this violation, 74 were caught on Tuesday and 25 the following day.

MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations Emerson Carlos said the violators were meted out the corresponding sanctions.

Buses without the required stickers were either impounded or their drivers asked to pay a P1,000 fine. On the other hand, drivers who were caught violating their designated bus stops were issued traffic tickets.

Under the bus segregation scheme, which was implemented by the MMDA to ease traffic on Edsa, some 3,100 city buses were assigned specific loading or unloading bays.

Alabang-bound, or A, buses, which should have stickers with the letter A displayed on their windshield, would be allowed to stop only at their designated loading bays. The same also goes for Baclaran-bound, or B, buses.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5TENDBNOVQRJEKFPV76D2N4XUM Socorro

    What else will you do to point out that the buses are the ones causing traffic at EDDA due to their violations. next time you will remove the bus at EDSA and let the rich private car owners ply the EDSA, paano naman kaming commuters? Saan na naman kami dadamputin and what else will you do to us?  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPV7TOHIJPG3UMTLQDTHLQJR7Y Jack

      baka bibigyan tayo ng bisekleta itong pasko ni tolentino

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

       It would be a good thing if the frequency of trains be increased on EDSA to decrease further the need for buses on that route.


    THE PUBLIC good is the highest good.  DISCiPLINE is the key to PEACE and ORDER.  Good job, MMDA.  Keep it up!

    • demonYOU

       Akala mo naman sumusunod ka sa batas subukan mo nga huwag magbayad kapalit ng laman ng mga barako, siguraduhin mo lang na hindi batang lalake ang hinahala mo dahil malilintikan ka sa batas!

  • pedronimo


    COMMONWEALTH (OR COMMONDEATH) AVENUE SHOULD BE THE NEXT TARGET OF MMDA TRAFFIC SCHEME, Passengers surrounding this kilometric avenue are ignorant, stubborn, and lazy to walk to the loading zones simply because there are none, These passengers can simply wait for their rides at the nearest point of convenience with the willing cooperation of bus drivers who pick them up (for their money of course). The result is a chopped, irritating ride for others whose time is elongated and convenience robbed by these lazy riders.

    MMDA should assigned specific pick-up points along the span of Commondeath avenue, so that the buses will move at a smoother pace.. All along I thought these drivers have been blessed with a monthly salary -no more boundary system – precisely for them to refrain from racing and waiting for anyone along the way. But the no boundary system has been ignored with impunity because they remain like vultures waiting for and picking up every passenger. MMDA should addressed this perennial commute problem.So that Chairman Tolentino can really exude a less sarcastic and hypocritical grin on Television.

    Second, please ask bus operators to get rid of their boring and distracting videos which are only source of irritation.NOBODY WANTS THEM ANYWAY. in stead, this space/location should be used to put informative signs such as names of driver and conductor and any other pertinent traffic rules or scheme for the benefit of passengers.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

       We need a dose of martial law for these people!  Sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disciplina ang kailangan!

  • kilabot

    the “h” or hellbound buses are reserved for perverts. 
    anyone is welcome to ride but you can never leave. 
    that’s the abnoying new normal.

  • Mux

    Now how about smoke belchers? Many buses still spew filthy black smoke despite the so called “emission tests” that they undergo every year. 

  • $26606290

    asus….talk about a tiny drop in the bucket…
    Jailtime for all traffic offenders! coding= 24 hours, disregarding traffic rules=72 hours, smoke belching= week.
    kung abala sila sa daan, aabalahin sila ng MMDA! impyerno ang trapik sa Manila sobra.

    A sinlge MMDA officer on a motorcycle, traversing roxas blvd to balintawak and back can apprehend five times more than that, 121.

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