By Jel Santos

A total of 86 provincial buses were apprehended for loading and unloading passengers along EDSA as of 1 p.m. Monday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

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Vehicles travel along EDSA in Pasay city, April 22, 2019.  The MMDA announced that provincial buses that will load and unload passengers along EDSA and major roads in the metropolis will be fined at least P500. (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)

“The 86 apprehended buses will be fined P500 each. Meanwhile, there were 48 buses apprehended for open door violation. They will be fined P1, 000 each,” Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago, MMDA spokesperson, said

She said that five percent of vehicles travelling EDSA are buses, but she stressed that those have a big impact on the traffic situation.

“Yes, there’s only around five percent of them (buses) travelling along EDSA, but they cause congestion to the more than the 90 percent of vehicles there. They are major contributors. Classic example is that they cause choke points,” Pialago said.

MMDA recently announced the stricter implementation of the no loading and unloading policy on EDSA starting April 22.

The move coincided with the stricter implementation of the no loading and unloading policy which had a dry run for the provincial bus ban yesterday.

As of 1 p.m. Monday, Pialago said only one bus company took part in the dry run.

“The provincial bus of Victory Liner used the Valenzuela Interim Terminal. The bus came from Zambales,” she said.

Bus companies of the 46 provincial bus terminals located on EDSA were expected to take part in the dry run as the MMDA had already coordinated with them. There are 97 bus terminals in Metro Manila

Pialago said that they told the bus companies to send only one of their busses for the dry run.

She said that they want to get feedback from the local government units where the new terminals are located. The terminals are the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, and facilities located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Valenzuela City.

“One of the things we want to get from the dry run is to get the feedbacks of local governments to know if they are ready for the target date of implementation,” the MMDA spokesperson said.

The agency is targeting to close all provincial bus terminals along EDSA by May.

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