Just a week ago, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) decided to suspend the full-implementation of the driver-only ban on EDSA scheduled for August 23. Today however, the Metro Manila Council (MMC), along with the MMDA says the dry run of the solo driving ban will continue, although they say they will not be apprehending drivers not following the dry run.
Instead, what they will be doing is observe the amount of single-occupant drivers plying EDSA during peak hours. The MMDA defines peak hours at 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, and 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This means one can still drive along the busy thoroughfare without the worry of apprehension from the MMDA during the said hours.
The MMC has also decided unanimously that the dry-run will continue indefinitely, meaning no definite date has been set to end the trial. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista said that the council will continue the study of the program until they are told to stop by higher authorities. He added that the MMC will soon be discussing the matter with Malacanang. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia swears by the trial, saying it helps promote carpooling in the Metro.
What is certain is that the implementation of the controversial rule will remain suspended. The Senate called for its suspension earlier over a week ago. They said that the HOV scheme “was set in place without public consultation and due process”.