No events for Duterte until traffic is resolved in Metro Manila (Photo from EDSA Traffic Update)
President Rodrigo Duterte is determined to fix the traffic in Manila that he is willing to skip events until it is resolved. In an open letter read to the media by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Duterte apologizes for the events he missed and will not be accepting any further invitation in the city until the traffic situation is mended. He sites that the security measures to keep him safe will only cause heavier traffic, and he doesn’t want to be the cause of inconvenience to the public.
One of the solutions that President Duterte is aiming for is to be granted sweeping authority by the Congress. The said power will allow the government to open private subdivisions to ease traffic and discard public bidding for traffic-related projects.
Using electronic device while driving will now be punishable by law
Texting habits: Not fit on the road.
Last July 21st, the Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act was officially enacted as a law in the Philippines. Former President Benigno Aquino III failed to sign the said act before stepping down from his post, turning it automatically into a law after 30 days.
Drivers who are using any electronic device while driving or while stopped on a red light on the road will now be penalized. Failure to comply will result in a fine that starts at PhP5,000 for the first offense and can go as high as PhP20,000 plus license revocation for repeat offenders. Exemption applies if mobile phones are used in emergency situations.
The new law is due to be released in two newspapers of general circulation and will take effect 15 days after said publication.
UV Express no longer allowed in EDSA
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) released a new policy that the popular vehicle UV Express is now banned in EDSA. The goal of the new rule is to help ease traffic by removing these famed shuttles in the major highway.
Although many passengers and transport groups expressed their dismay regarding the new rule, LTFRB defends that UV Express was never given any permit to traverse in EDSA in the first place. UV Express shuttles are now only allowed to cross EDSA to get to their approved routes and terminals.