The Philippine Star reports: “The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will continue its dry run of the expanded High Occupancy Vehicle lane policy on EDSA during rush hours, agency general manager Jojo Garcia said Monday. Last Friday, the MMDA temporarily suspended full implementation of the policy that bans single-passenger cars on the whole stretch of EDSA during rush hours. The policy, which was supposed to be fully implemented on August 23, has been suspended until the policy-making Metro Manila Council convenes. Garcia, however, clarified that the dry run of the ‘driver-only’ ban in EDSA will still run during rush hours. Drivers will not be apprehended.
‘It’s still the same from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. but you know motorists if there’s no apprehension, no one follows,’ Garcia told ANC’s Headstart. The MMDA alone cannot suspend the policy as the MMC has to convene and adopt a resolution on the matter, Garcia said. The MMDA chief said he has talked to some Metro Manila mayors and they have agreed to temporarily suspend the full implementation of the “driver-only” ban but the dry run still continues.”