The Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) released a statement that urges the government to lift the number coding scheme first before imposing the three-passenger rule along EDSA during peak hours.

AAP president Gus Lagman issued the statement after Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson was said that their department is seriously considering the three-passenger/carpooling rule during peak hours on EDSA.

As a review, DPWH Secretary Singson proposed to ban vehicles that carry less than three people along EDSA from 7 to 10 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

However, Lagman clarified that AAP agrees with DPWH’s plan in order to encourage carpooling.

“While we agree with the DPWH’s plan to ban vehicles carrying less than three passengers in order to encourage carpooling, the government should lift the number coding scheme so as to give consideration to those motorists who follow this system,” Lagman said.

He acknowledged that the DPWH scheme would have a number of positive effects. “This three-people-per-car scheme would not only result in less traffic along EDSA, it would also cut pollution and promote carpooling,” said Lagman.

Lagman added that to make the proposed new regulation a success, the arterial roads should be cleared of obstructions, sidewalk vendors and illegally parked vehicles to provide open alternate routes for motorists who cannot meet the three-passenger rule.