The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will replace previously issued bus segregation labels with color-coded ones to stop the proliferation of fake stickers.
“Bus operators and drivers have been resorting to using counterfeit stickers to defraud the enforcers so that they can load and unload passengers anywhere they please,” MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said in a statement.
“It is high time to put an end to bus drivers’ wanton disregard of the law,” he added.
The switch, which will start next week, hopes to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the bus segregation scheme and decongest EDSA.
Under the MMDA’s new Transport and Traffic Memorandum Circular, Bus A stickers shall be changed with Green Stickers; Bus B with Yellow Stickers; and Bus C with Orange Stickers.
In 2012, MMDA Transport and Traffic Management Memorandum Circular 14 mandated the bus segregation along EDSA.
Under the scheme, A and B buses are restricted to their designated bus stops while C buses are allowed to use all bus stops.
While sticker colors will be changed, bus stops for the three bus routes will remain the same.
Buses with green stickers use Bus A stops Northbound: Magallanes, Buendia, Guadalupe, Shaw Blvd., SM Megamall, Boni Serrano, Cubao Farmers, and Ermin Garcia. Southbound: Ermin Garcia, Arayat Cubao, VV Soliven, Connecticut, and Shaw.
Yellow-sticker buses are designated for stops Northbound: Ayala Ave., Estrella, Pioneer / Boni, SM Megamall, Ortigas Ave., Main Ave., and Baliwag / 5 Star. Southbound: Kamuning, Monte de Piedad, Main Ave., POEA Ortigas, Pioneer / Boni, Estrella, and Ayala Ave.
Buses with orange stickers or previously Bus C are allowed to load and unload passengers on all stops.
Tolentino said the MMDA will provide bus operators stickers free of charge through the Bus Management Dispatch System Office.