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Number of flagged-down vehicles on MC lane, declining

March 13, 2023 Edd Reyes 245 views

ON the first four days of the dry run of the exclusive motorcycle (MC) lane along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) flagged down a total of 1,494 motorists and riders.

MMDA Acting Chairman Atty. Don Artes said the number of flagged-down vehicles continued to decline for the first four days of the dry run for the exclusive motorcycle lane along Commonwealth Avenue from Elliptical Road to Doña Carmen and vice versa.

Artes said that motorcycle riders and drivers of four-wheel vehicles alike are getting used to the policy set to be fully implemented on March 20.

On March 9, the first day of the dry run, the MMDA flagged down 276 motorcycles and 61 four-wheel vehicles for a total of 337 vehicles.

On March 10, 368 motorcycles and 201 four-wheel vehicles, or a total of 569 vehicles, were flagged down.

On March 11, 177 riders and 186 drivers of four-wheel vehicles, or a total of 363 vehicles, were flagged down, and on Sunday, March 12, 128 motorcycle riders and 97 four-wheel vehicles, or a total of 225 vehicles, were flagged down.

“We are hopeful that these numbers will continue to decline as we continue to guide our motorists for another week of test (runs) for the exclusive motorcycle lane on the largest highway in the metropolis,” Artes said.

The MMDA chief also said that the agency is in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to conduct patchworks to smoothen the road set to start within the week.

The MMDA is also eyeing putting up reflectors and solar street lamps to light up the area, which would help avoid accidents.

Artes also hinted at the possible implementation of the designation of exclusive MC lanes on other major roads in the metropolis should the policy be successful in its pilot run in Commonwealth.

He also appealed to motorists to give the policy a chance and follow the road rules.

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