Metropolitan Manila Development Authority traffic head Edison ‘Bong’ Nebrija already considers the proposed provincial bus ban along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue as ‘dead’ after a Quezon City Regional Trial Court ordered a stop of the said scheme.
Nebrija commended on Sunday, August 4, the petitioners for doing their homework so that the Quezon City RTC Branch 223 will issue a preliminary injunction against Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Memorandum Circular No. 2019-001, which prohibits provincial buses from entering EDSA.
The traffic czar of MMDA stressed that they will respect and abide by the decision of the court.
Nebrija also revealed that MMDA will have a legal meeting on Monday, August 5, to comment on the preliminary injunction. However, he doubts that their response will reverse the decision of the court.
“Yung comment na iyan, seldom that the decision will be changed. Alam niyo parang formality na lang iyan,” Nebrija said during DZRH’s Huntahan.
“Personally, we are prepared to move on. We cannot dwell with it na nacoconsume yung energy namin, yung time namin by dealing with one policy. Kung ayaw talaga ng tao, pinigilan kami ng korte diyan, so be it,” the traffic chief added.
LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2019-001 amends the traffic routes of provincial buses so that they will end at designated endpoints, like the Valenzuela Interim Terminal, the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, and the Sta. Rosa Interim Terminal, in order to lessen vehicular traffic in EDSA, a major highway of Metro Manila.
MMDA planned to hold a dry run of the scheme in the first week of August, during which violators of the provincial bus ban will not face sanctions.
Various lawmakers and groups have filed petitions seeking to stop the implementation of the provincial bus ban along ESDA, and questioning the effectiveness of the scheme in reducing the traffic along Metro Manila.