Yesterday, a group of engineers proposed an unconventional traffic scheme in order to alleviate traffic flow in the Metro Manila. Their proposal was to make EDSA and C5 into one-way avenues; the former heading southbound while the latter going northbound.
While it might help a great deal in lessening traffic, it could prove confusing for motorists and commuters. Not only that, MMDA Traffic Manager Edison 'Bong' Nebrija said that a complete rerouting of buses and other public utility vehicles (PUVs) may result in doing more harm than good.
Now, another proposal has been made to ease traffic on EDSA. It involves a new coding scheme but instead of basing it on the last number of a vehicle's license plate, this new coding scheme will be based on the brand of the car.
The new idea was suggested by Ariston Gorospe, a former Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) consultant.
Under his proposal, all Toyota vehicles (including those by Lexus) will be banned to travel along EDSA every Monday. Meanwhile, on Tuesdays, the ban will apply to Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Isuzu. Wednesday will see Nissan, Ford and Foton barred from traveling the thoroughfare. On Thursday, Honda, Chevrolet, Mazda and Subaru are not allowed to travel along EDSA. Over to Friday, Suzuki, Kia, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz are banned.
The proposed brand coding scheme even extends over to the weekend. JAC, Tata, Audi and BAIC are barred on Saturday; while Mini, Lotus, Ssangyong and other auto brands are banned on Sundays.
According to Gorospe, he based his system on the Land Transporation Office's (LTO) list of vehicles sold by 2018. He even sent a letter to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim earlier this month, believing his system will help to ease heavy traffic.
The gov't agency, however, shelved his idea, stating that it is perhaps one of the more extreme ones they have seen in a while.
“We appreciate this and what we want to get across is that our agency does not create policies on its own. We accept all of them. Because with the chaotic situation that we have right now, who knows, maybe a drastic measure is what we need,” said Celine Pialago, MMDA spokesperson.
While Gorospe's idea may actually relieve EDSA's sheer traffic volume on weekdays, we're pretty sure car owners (including ourselves) will not like his idea. In addition, the system looks a bit unfair as Toyota only has one day of coding. Meanwhile, other brands are forced to share the other days.
In any case, Gorospe's idea of banning cars on the road based on vehicle brand is by far one of the most extreme (and bizarre) proposals in order to reduce vehicular traffic in Metro Manila.