MMDA apprehends violators of PUV lane on EDSA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) — Around 600 motorists incurred violations on the first day of the stricter implementation of yellow lanes, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Monday.

Yellow lanes on EDSA have long been reserved for public utility vehicles like buses and UV Express Services.

The MMDA said they will apprehend all violators starting today.

Private vehicles are only allowed to enter the yellow lane if they are 100 meters away from turning into a side street. If apprehended, they must pay a P500 fine.

PUV drivers who veer outside the yellow lane, on the other hand, will get a P1,000 fine.

The agency said they hope the stricter implementation of the yellow lanes will encourage the use of public transport.

MMDA will also start apprehending motorcycle riders who violate of the "blue lane" policy starting Wednesday, November 22. The MMDA will conduct a dry run on Monday and Tuesday.

In February 2012, the MMDA mandated that motorcycles only use the fourth lane on EDSA from the right sidewalk. However, other vehicles may use the blue lane.

The agency said motorcycle riders may only deviate from the blue lane at least 200 meters away from making a turn.

No contact apprehension

Pialago said the MMDA will implement a "no-contact apprehension policy" since it only causes traffic.

"Kung kaya naman pong i-apprehend sa ground, i-aapprehend. Kung estimate po ng enforcer natin magcau-cause lang ng traffic, iraradyo po ito sa metrobase para ho mamonitor yung plaka at mag-fall under no-contact apprehension policy," Pialago said.

[Translation: If they can be apprehended on ground, they will be apprehended. If the traffic enforcer thinks it will just cause traffic, they can call the metrobase and there they will monitor the plate number.]

Pialago said violators can check their plate number in MMDA's website,

"Kung kayo ho ay nahuli ng aming no-contact apprehension, makakatanggap po kayo ng summon in 5 days maximum na po yun," Pialago said. "Pinaka-last ho na pwedeng mangyari ay pagka-irerenew nyo ho yung mga lisensya at may lamat po yung inyong lisensya sa Land Transportation Office (LTO), that's the time na kailangan niyo ho talagang i-settle yung mga violation ho ninyo sa MMDA," she added.

[Translation: If you were caught through the no-contact apprehension, you will receive a summon within five days at most. If you need to renew your license in the LTO, that's the time you should settle your violations at the MMDA.]

Fines can be paid through Metrobank, Bayad Center, and the MMDA office, she added.

Officials are hoping these schemes will not only help better manage traffic, but also lessen crashes on the country's busiest road.

READ: MMDA to strictly implement use of PUV, motorcycle lanes on EDSA

CNN Philippines Correspondents Xianne Arcangel, Rex Remitio, and Digital Producer VJ Bacungan contributed to this report.