Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted December 01, 2015 08:01
Illegal terminals are next on to-do list of MMDA and HPG
After ‘sweeping’ the Mabuhay Lanes and promising to keep it clear all-year long, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) have their eyes set on illegal public utility vehicles (PUVs) terminals that have been causing traffic as well along the streets of Metro Manila.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos has specifically cited Asian Utility Vehicles (AUVs), widely known as the common ‘FX’ on the road, and plans to coordinate with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for the immediate removal of these AUV’s illegal terminals in addition to harsher penalties and higher fines for every violation.
The HPG, for their part, have identified several illegal terminals located in Quezon Avenue, Muñoz, Balintawak, Cubao and even on EDSA. Both agencies, MMDA and the HPG, are planning to form a team to begin the removal of these illegal terminals and to make sure they don’t reappear somewhere else.
The HPG plans to double the number of personnel on duty at every intersection, taking it from 10 to 20.
In addition, the MMDA will also strictly implement the rule regarding the ‘yellow box’ found intersections. Carlos warns motorists to always keep the intersection clear of any obstruction at all times.