As various agencies of the new administration seek new ways to reduce traffic congestion on the main artery of the metropolis, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has made a drastic move that may have a positive effect beginning today.

The Board issued Memorandum Circular 2016-009 last July 28, 2016 prohibiting all UV Express units from using EDSA except to cross intersections such as Ayala Avenue, Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas Avenue and others.

Considered point-to-point vehicles, UV Express may take any route except for EDSA.  Drivers are advised to take C5 or use the designated Mabuhay Lanes in order to reach their destination.

The rule became effective July 30, 2016 after being published by the country’s top newspapers.

UV Express units found plying any point of EDSA will be apprehended by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) enforcers for travelling out-of-line or ‘colorum.’

Loading and unloading of passengers while in transit or after leaving dispatching stations will also be strictly prohibited.