Government Plans to Enforce Carpooling To Ease EDSA Traffic


As the traffic congestion in Metro Manila gets crazier over time, so does the so-called “solutions” that government agencies are suggesting in the hopes of easing the situation a bit. One of their latest brilliant ideas involved banning vehicles in EDSA that don’t have at least three passengers on board.

According to Secretary Rogelio Singson of the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH), the said idea is “being seriously considered” by the government as a way to solve the worsening traffic congestion, during peak hour at least.

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If implemented, cars which don’t meet the aforementioned requirement for number of passengers will be prohibited to traverse Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare between 7am to 10am and 5PM until eight in the evening.

Singson pointed out that before the proposed solution can be executed, various government agencies should provide alternate routes to cater for vehicles that will not be allowed to pass through EDSA. What he failed to mention though is how the enforcing bodies will be able to identify if each vehicle during the said peak hours indeed have three or more passengers.

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The DPWH secretary said that nothing is set in stone at this point in time and details of the plan will be ironed out this Friday.



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