Bus lane violators cited for ‘disregarding traffic signs’

A mere 16 days after seeing a 75% drop in illegal use of the EDSA Busway lane by private motorists and riders, the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) catch a big haul in just two and a half hours yesterday morning (July 20).

Over 150 violators were apprehended yesterday morning by enforcers at the EDSA Busway Tramo Station after a complaint was made through the Department of Transportation (DOTr) hotline.

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Violators were issued traffic citation tickets for "disregarding traffic signs" under Republic Act. No. 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code. They also earned 40 demerit points on their driver’s license, which makes them ineligible to obtain the 10-year validity period when they renew.

“DOTr has repeatedly reminded motorists to respect and follow traffic rules, including the exclusive use of the bus lane,” said the agency in a statement.

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The DOTr, LTO, LTFRB, and the I-ACT remind all motorists that only public utility buses, marked emergency, and government vehicles are allowed to use the EDSA Busway lane.

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Concerned citizens are urged to report violators by texting the hotline 0920-964-3867. It is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.