As commuters prepare to leave the metropolis in preparation for the holiday season, the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) is also tightening up enforcement of traffic rules near the vicinity of public utility bus (PUB) terminals.

The I-ACT will be strictly enforcing the ‘nose in, nose out’ policy on all provincial bus terminals along EDSA starting tomorrow, December 15, 2016.

This policy states that provincial PUBs are prohibited from loading and unloading passengers along major roads in Metro Manila once it has exited its terminal.

In addition to this and in order to decrease the bottleneck in front of PUB terminals in Metro Manila, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has issued Resolution 16-06 Series of 2016 that also prevents private and public utility vehicles (PUVs) from loading and unloading passengers and cargo in front of provincial bus terminals.

Provincial PUBs are also prohibited from traversing EDSA-Timog Avenue to EDSA-P. Tuazon southbound from 6AM to 10AM. Alternate routes will be provided by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos has asked bus operators and owners to provide commuters with properly positioned loading and unloading bays within the terminals or on the side streets, away from EDSA.

“They (bus operators) should also employ more porters and bus conductors and improve their ticketing system to facilitate consumer transactions within the terminals so as not to hamper the flow of traffic along EDSA,” said Orbos.

Drivers who violate these traffic rules will be cited with obstruction and disregarding traffic signs with corresponding penalties or fines.