Text: Brent Co / Photos: Vince Pornelos, Atty. Yves Gonzalez | posted October 17, 2011 18:46
More than 1000 riders apprehended on first day
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) started their dry-run for the new Motorcycle Lane Policy along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City and President Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City. The two major thoroughfares are areas where several motorcycle-related road accidents occur.
During the week-long dry-run period, erring motorcycle riders will have to undergo a 15-minute safety riding seminar conducted by MMDA and Motorcycle Philippines Foundation representatives. Also, during the dry-run period, erring riders will not yet be fined. After a week, the grace period will end and all riders will be fined PhP 500 for every violation.
The MMDA also plans to expand the policy to the stretch of EDSA if it successfully reduces the number of motorcycle accidents and decongest traffic.
As of 6:00pm, Atty. Yves Gonzalez, Director and OIC of MMDA's Traffic Discipline Office posted on his Twitter account that 1,154 motorcycle riders were flagged down for violating the new policy. According to Gonzalez, this number included several police officers and military members who had to attend the seminar like everyone else.
Headlights on at all times for motorcycles
A new headlights on rule will also be in effect for motorcyle riders even in the daytime. This rule also goes into dry-run alongside the new Motorcycle Lane. Violators also face a seminar during the "grace period", and will be fined Php150 afterwards for every violation.