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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…

The Reason For The Traffic in Metro Manila

Do you know why traffic is always so bad in Metro Manila?

Here's why.

And the MMDA would rather double the number of days to ban private vehicles from going on the road with their color coding schemes.

I wonder how much more stupid the MMDA can be. The problem with the traffic is discipline and not private vehicles. Every driver, whether public or private have no discipline. But it's worst when public vehicles do it because they block the whole road trying to get passengers whereas private vehicles keep going to their destination.

If the MMDA wants to solve the traffic in Metro Manila they should do the following:
  1. Reduce the number of buses.
  2. Use smaller buses.
  3. Make it a requirement for every driver of a public utility vehicle to undergo driver training and road courtesy with an exam before they can take to the streets.
  4. Standardize all the road signs and road lane in the whole country.
  5. Set up designated PUV stops so buses and jeepneys don't just suddenly stop in the middle of the road
  6. Impose stiff penalty for both drivers and passengers if they do not follow rules.
  7. Make sure all vehicles stay on their lanes.
  8. Clear, clean and widen sidewalks for pedestrians.
  9. Strictly impose zoning by-laws and setback so that private properties do not encroach on to public roads and sidewalks.
  10. Standardize the design of sidewalks so that pedestrians use them instead of walking on the street
  11. Remove all sidewalk vendors.
This is just the start and MMDA should start giving information sessions or advertisements on what rules to follow on the road.


Anonymous said…
Apparently, less than one percent of all drivers in the Philippines have gone to a proper driving school. The LTO should include that in the application requirements for a Driver's License and be more strict when it comes to approving applications. We all know how easy it is to get a license here if the price is right.
Antonio Tatom said…
Private cars should also have a life span of 15 yrs like the buses or EDSA will become a huge parking lot. Every year thousands of private vehicles are added on the road with very minimal cars being junked. The road space in EDSA remains the same.
Antonio Tatom said…
Limiting the life span of cars may sound anti poor. It is not , instead it keeps the driver safe, and will help decongest traffic in MM.
Everyone should give his share of the burden... the government should strive to give a better mass transport system.

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