To address the expected increase in traffic congestion due to the approaching Holiday season, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will go back to basics and fully enforce age-old rules regarding the two special lanes along EDSA.

Starting today, November 20, the agency will be stricter on drivers violating the rules on the use of the public utility vehicle (PUV) yellow lanes and the motorcycle blue lane.

“MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim is committed to prioritizing and easing the burden of the riding public, that is why we need to fully enforce the traffic laws,” said MMDA Assistant General Manager for Planning Jojo Garcia.

PUVs will be permitted to swerve outside the yellow lane while private motorists may only enter the yellow lane 100 meters before they turn right out of EDSA.

City buses must use the outermost lane of EDSA to load and unload passengers while the second lane from the sidewalk is exclusively for provincial and point-to-point (P2P) buses. No public utility bus will be allowed to load and/or unload while on that second lane.

The stricter implementation of the ‘yellow lane’ policies will begin with a two-day dry run starting on November 20 to 21.

As for the motorcycle lane, the MMDA will begin the stricter implementation of its use on November 22, Wednesday. Riders may take the leftmost lane of EDSA but only for overtaking maneuvers.

“The agency’s target is to remove the image of EDSA as a parking lot and instead be a free-flowing road,” said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim.

To assist motorists during the dry run of the ‘stricter implementation’ phase, MMDA enforcers will be walking around EDSA carrying placards.

Riders and drivers caught violating the policies will be fined Php 500.