For months the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has been warning the motoring public about the clearing of the ‘Mabuhay Lanes’ that will be done in November.

Yesterday, November 2, violators found out how serious the MMDA was.

Members of the traffic and clearing operations teams of the MMDA, local government units involved, the Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Land Transportation Office (LTO) conducted a massive clearing effort on the Quezon City-Makati and Quezon City-Manila and gave 112 violators tickets for illegal parking, obstruction and disregarding traffic signs, and towed 13 vehicles.

17 roads make up the Mabuhay Lanes connecting the cities of Makati, Quezon and Manila using side streets and alternate routes. These must be of any obstruction between the hours of 6AM to 9PM every day until after the holiday rush.

“We should educate them that these alternate routes should be free of obstructions during these times or else we would be clearing them repeatedly,” said new MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos.

The issuance of vendor permits during this time have also been suspended to prevent the selling goods/merchandise/food along sidewalks. Previously issued permits have been revoked and violators will face fines including the confiscation of equipment and merchandise.