You know that the traffic in Metro Manila is at an all-time shitfest when government agencies that have nothing to do with the country's transportation system start to come up with potential traffic solutions of their own.
But can you blame these agencies for chiming in? At this point, any suggestion is more than welcomed...
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We have to warn you though; the Oplan Iwas Trapik proposals you're about to read are kind of...out there. In fact, we don't think the people who came up with these suggestions really thought things through. Read on to see what we mean, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!
1) The one where the DENR proposes to ban 15-year-old cars
In an attempt to reduce traffic and air pollution in Metro Manila, Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje is urging the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to phase out vehicles that have been operating for 15 years or more. If implemented within the year, this means car models 1999 and older will be banned from the streets.
"Heavier traffic means more idling time on the road," Sec. Paje explains to Inquirer.net. "This leads to more emissions, and older vehicles have more toxic emissions."
"Ang lakas mag-suggest ng mga taong ito kasi afford nilang bumili ng mga bagong auto. There wouldn't be a need for this if we only implemented proper car registration procedures. Much of the pollution is coming from jeeps and old buses. Dapat, if you phase out cars, you should be able to make the f***** transportation system better." - DixP via Facebook
"For me, it's a big no. Kahit gaano pa katanda ang isang auto, kung maayos naman ang kondisyon, walang problema. Meron nga diyan five years pa lang ang itim na ng mga binubuga, yun ang dapat alisin sa kalsada. At dapat higpitan nila ang emission tuwing registration." - wertyamatz22 via TopGear.com.ph
"Game ako diyan basta lahat ng vehicles, meaning private and public, ang alisin para mawala na yang mga jeepney, buses, at trucks na maiitim ang usok." - BMagee via TopGear.com.ph
2) The one where LTFRB proposes to ban private cars on EDSA during rush hour
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) official Ariel Inton suggests that EDSA should be limited to public-utility vehicles during the morning rush hour on weekdays, which will supposedly remove 80-percent of private vehicles from the metro's main thoroughfare. If this thing pushes through, private cars will be banned from EDSA from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., four days a week.
"Let the early birds—like students, teachers, and employees—use EDSA and the MRT first, to be followed by middle managers, and then those occupying top positions who don't have to rush going to their offices," Inton told Philstar.com. "They are those who can perform their specific roles using cell phones and other high-tech gadgets."
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"Ban private cars in EDSA? Another genius in the government. No wonder we're in the sh*t we are in. Parang Martilyo Gang lang. Pwes, ipagbawal ang martilyo. Riding in tandem? Pwes, ipagbawal ang motor. I believe Mr. Inton is a big-time taxi operator with a 500-plus fleet of cabs, so he stands to gain a lot if this sees the light of day." - DixP via Facebook
"This is stupid. Do students, teachers, and rank-and-file employees not use private vehicles? I know that most university campuses are filled with cars, and these owners cannot afford to be late. Besides, take note that PUVs are the ones that cause traffic, and not the private vehicles. Buses and jeepneys stop anywhere, oftentimes together, to load and unload passengers." - GTi via TopGear.com.ph
"Reduce both public and private vehicles to be fair and just to all citizens." - jan_elmer via TopGear.com.ph