The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) will be implementing the “nose-in, nose-out” policy on provincial bus terminals along EDSA beginning Thursday. The policy aims to ease traffic congestion, particularly in the major thoroughfares along Metro Manila, during the holiday season.

Here are three things provincial bus drivers and operators must know about the MMDA policy in EDSA.

1. The policy prohibits buses from loading and unloading passengers

Under Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Resolution 16-06, Series of 2016, the “nose-in, nose-out policy prohibits provincial buses that enter or exit their terminals located along EDSA, from loading and unloading passengers along major thoroughfares. It also bans provincial buses from maneuvering along EDSA when parking in their terminals, and to do it within the terminals instead.

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2. It bans private vehicles and PUVs from loading and unloading in front of bus terminals

Likewise, the resolution also bans private and public utility vehicles (PUVs) from loading and unloading of passengers and cargo in front of provincial bus terminals that may cause traffic congestion in the area.  MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos urged bus operators and owners to designate loading and unloading bays within their terminals or streets outside EDSA.

3. Violators will be issued a violation receipt with penalty

A group of traffic enforcers, including the personnel of the MMDA and other I-ACT members he;d a dry run on Wednesday to remind provincial bus operators of the long existing regulation. Prior to that, the agency spotted on Monday, more than 10 bus terminals violating the regulation due to lack of back doors. Violation to policy will result to an issuance of Uniform Ordinance Violation Receipt for obstruction and disregarding traffic signs with corresponding penalty or fine.

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The MMDA will be lifting the number coding scheme for provincial buses on Dec. 22, 23, and 29 and as well as on Jan. 2, 2017. This is in preparation for the anticipated influx of passengers going to the provinces for the Holiday season.

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