Metro Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) "nose-in, nose-out" policy will be strictly reinforced by issuing traffic violation tickets to bus drivers who will violate the policy. Read on to know more about it.
'Nose-In, Nose-Out' Policy Review
The "nose-in, nose-out" policy orders bus drivers to enter and exit their terminals with the front portion first to avoid traffic congestion while entering their bus terminals. Bus drivers are prohibited to maneuver along EDSA when parking in their terminals. They are directed to do it inside the bus terminals.
Aside from the order imposed on the proper maneuvering of bus drivers in the bus terminals, the "nose-in, nose-out" policy also prohibits the private and public utility vehicles (PUVs) from loading and unloading of passengers and cargo in front of provincial bus terminals. This direction is expected to help lessen traffic congestion in the area.
Traffic Violation Tickets Issuance
GMA News Online reported that MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos said that nine of the 16 terminals on EDSA have difficulties with the policy due to lack of back exit points or narrow garage space. Orbos has inspected the bus terminals in Pasay to check on this.
Furthermore, Orbos said traffic violation tickets will be issued to drivers everyday until their licenses are revoked. The continuous violations of the policy by the bus drivers may also lead to the questioning of the concerned company's franchise. He added that six out nine bus terminals said that they would transfer to the MMDA's southwest terminal.
MMDA's Limited Personnel
Meanwhile, Orbos explained that MMDA can only deploy 600 personnel at any given time in Metro Manila. In order to address this issue, MMDA will install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at bus terminals to continuously monitor violations.
On the other hand, Philippine Daily Inquirer also reported that MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago clarified that the "nose-in, nose-out" policy has been a temporary solution as the terminals along Edsa would have to eventually transfer to the outer part of Metro Manila.
What do you think of the MMDA's strict reinforcement of “nose-in, nose-out" policy? How effective is the policy so far in solving the traffic in Metro Manila? Let us know in the comments section below.