The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has long been planning to ban provincial buses along EDSA in an effort to reduce traffic congestion along the major thoroughfare. However, the proposal has received numerous backlashes from transport groups and even some government officials. This then led to the provincial bus ban dry run being suspended last May 6.

Now, Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda has officially filed a petition for a prohibition before the Supreme Court in a bid to stop the MMDA from implementing the provincial bus ban. Salceda says that the measure is 'oppressive and unfair' and will be a burden to commuters. He adds that it is also wrong for the MMDA to blame buses for EDSA traffic when considering there are fewer buses compared to private vehicles that pass through the thoroughfare.

When the dry run was suspended, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said that the agency will be meeting with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to discuss how to go through with the provincial bus ban. Garcia mentioned that the MMDA will continue with the dry run once guidelines and implementing rules are sorted out. Should the Supreme Court approve the petition filed by Congressman Salceda, however, it could stop the proposed provincial bus ban completely.

Despite the scheme being suspended, Garcia clarified that the enforcement of no loading and unloading along EDSA for provincial buses will remain in effect. Should the provincial bus ban rule be officially implemented, passengers will have to find other means of transport in order to get around the Metro.

Source: GMA News