MMDA Suspends High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Ban
The full implementation of the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) scheme for EDSA on August 23 was suspended by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). According to MMDA, the Metro Manila Council (MMC) which is composed of local chief executives in the National Capital Region (NCR) needs to convene first before the policy is fully implemented.
The HOV ban basically restricts vehicles with only single passengers from going throw the HOV lanes on EDSA. A dry-run was earlier launched which covers rush hours of weekdays along EDSA until August 22, and traffic authorities were supposed to start issuing penalties against violators on August 23.
The MMDA is set to meet with local executives to discuss the HOV scheme on August 23 or 24. Meanwhile, some senators have earlier called for the immediate suspension of the HOV scheme. However, MMDA is open for changes in the guidelines of the order, which was aimed to ease gridlock and to address the traffic woes along EDSA, after all.