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3 Cost Effective Ways to Solve Metro Manila's Traffic Problem

The Facebook page of ANC 24/7 is asking for its reader's suggestion on how to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem.

This got me thinking, "what is the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem?" It's easy to make suggestions, what's hard is the implementation and the cost of implementation. So what is the the best way to solve Metro Manila's traffic problem and the most cost effective solution?

Punitive Fines
First of all, any implementation will definitely cost money, a lot of money. The cause of the traffic mess is the people themselves so it's only right that those causing the traffic problem should be fined and the fine should hurt. That way, the fines will pay for the cost of enforcing the law.
The fines should start at P500 and goes up every week if you don't pay it within 15 days. To enforce this and prevent people from ignoring the fine. It will be tied to their driver's license or car registration. They cannot renew their d…

If I was the President of the Philippines - Part III

16. Put up a study to see how best to discourage use of large vehicles when less than 4 people are using it as the country's street are not built for large vehicles. It is more similar to the streets of Italy so smaller vehicles would make more sense.

17. Encourage the use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution. Fuel efficient vehicles like newer diesel engines, ethanol or other alternative fuels will get a tax break either through no tax on the purchase of these fuels or lower tax on the vehicles.

18. Encourage the use of newer cars by giving tax break or a rebate on people who will turn in their old cars to buy a new car.

19. Put up pollution testing centers to test vehicles older than 10 years. Every vehicle older than 10 years will have to pass an emissions test. Those that do not pass, will not get a registration. PUVs will have to go through an annual inspection as they are more susceptible to polluting because of heavy use.

20. Convert all PUVs to alternative fuels like natur…

If I was the President of the Philippines - Part II

6. I will set up a more professional police force. Put all patrolmen in shorts and set up bicycle and motorbike police force to do the rounds. They will of course be properly trained in traffic safety as well as setting an example to every motorist from pedicab drivers to PUV drivers.

Instead of putting patrol cars, bicycles will be a more healthier and eco-friendly option. Not to mention the savings we'll get from not buying gas. Patrol cars are only for detectives and a small percentage of the patrols. Bicycles and motorcycles are easier to get through to traffic.

7. Complete revamp of LTO with regards to driver licensing. Everybody applying for a license must take a proper exam, computerized of course so no cheating. Everyone must also pass a road test and not just bribe the examiner to get a pass. PUV drivers must take a more extensive exam as well as a more extensive road test. This goes for jeepney drivers and bus drivers where they will have to go through a one week live driv…