The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority today opened a 900 bus-capacity terminal of the Bus Management and Dispatch System (BMDS) in Coastal Mall in Paranaque. The program was initially launched at Fairview, Quezon City that was followed by the terminals in Malabon and Alabang.
BMDS is an enhanced bus dispatch system by MMDA that does not only regulate the amount of public utility buses in EDSA but also monitors the drivers manning them through the use of a biometrics system to verify their profile.
According to Chairman Francis Tolentino, the BMDS will ensure that no colorum or out-of-line bus units will ply Edsa as the system verifies the license plates of buses from the database of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.
A total of 5,862 city buses have registered in the database, which is also linked with other agencies such as the Land Transportation Office, LTFRB, and National Bureau of Investigation.
"The system also aims to ensure the safety of commuters as only drivers with less than three pending traffic violations will be dispatched from the terminal; those with more than three should settle their traffic violation tickets first before being allowed to ply their routes," Tolentino said.