Lawmaker pushes ban of private cars along EDSA during rush hours

Lawmaker pushes ban of private cars along EDSA during rush hours

- A lawmaker wanted to ban private cars in EDSA during rush hours

- Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice said that EDSA should be used by public utility vehicles once the rush hour starts

- The MMDA is open to study the proposal of Erice

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A lawmaker proposed to impose a ban on private cars along EDSA during rush hours.

KAMI learned that Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice suggested that private cars should not be allowed along EDSA starting from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and then 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In a report by GMA News’ 24 Oras, Erice explained that while private cars should not be allowed, ambulances could still pass by EDSA during rush hours.

Erice also proposed that ride-hailing services like Grab and politicians even with police escorts must be banned from passing by EDSA once the rush hour starts.

“Dapat ‘yung limang lanes ng EDSA, dedicated lang sa public utility vehicles,” Erice said.

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Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is open to the proposal of Erice.

However, the MMDA officials said that the proposed measure must be studied thoroughly, most especially its effects to the other roads that would serve as alternate routes.

As reported by the ABS-CBN News, Erice argued that his proposal is meant to ease the burden of the commuters, especially during rush hours.

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In a previous report by KAMI, ambulance drivers shared their experiences that many patients have died before making it to the hospital due to the terrible traffic in Metro Manila.

During the January to August 2019 period, the average number of vehicle volume in EDSA has risen to 405,882 per day.

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