LTFRB to ban EDSA routes for UV Express Service

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – UV Express vehicles will no longer be allowed to use the notoriously congested EDSA, except to cross it to reach their destinations.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said in a memorandum Thursday that keeping UV Express vehicles away from EDSA will help ease traffic congestion on Metro Manila’s busiest road.

The order will take effect immediately after its publication in a newspaper with a large circulation.

Memorandum Circular No. 2016-009 amends a previous LTFRB directive that removed route restrictions for UV Express Service vehicles.

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The new memorandum said these vehicles “may traverse the shortest and/or most convenient route in reaching their end points/destinations, provided however, that UV Express Services are not allowed to traverse EDSA, except when crossing the same.”

The LTFRB said traffic congestion in Metro Manila “has reached crisis proportion, particularly along Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA).”

President Rodrigo Duterte has acknowledged the traffic crisis and promised to ease road congestion in his first 100 days in office.

Read: Metro Manila traffic to improve in next 100 days – Palace 

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said aside from stricter implementation of traffic rules, radical solutions are needed to address the country’s transportation problem.

Watch: New DOTC chief's plans to solve transport issues

Proposals include removing provincial bus terminals along EDSA and granting emergency powers to the president to allow him to open private roads to general traffic.