CALOOCAN City Rep. Edgar Erice yesterday proposed to ban private vehicles from plying EDSA during the morning and evening rush hours to ease the traffic.
Erice, a stalwart of Liberal Party (LP), said his proposal was one way to solve the horrendous traffic on EDSA and the entire Metro Manila. He wanted all private vehicles out of EDSA from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m.
He said he wanted to give to the commuting public the rush hours, saying that around 300,000 private vehicles pass through EDSA every day as compared to only around 8,000 buses.
However, such proposal might be unconstitutional, according to APEC party-list Rep. Sergio Dagooc, a member of the House Committee on Transportation.
Dagooc said that aside from doubts over the legality of Erice’s proposal, it is also “unfair and biased” against owners of private vehicles.
“It might be feasible but quite legally questionable,” Dagooc said.
But the transportation and commuter groups welcomed Erice’s proposal.
Jessie Santos, national president of Public Commuters and Motorists Alliance and Ariel Inton, founder of Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection (LCSP) and Chief of Quezon City Task Forces Transport Traffic and Management, agreed with the proposal of Congressman Erice to make EDSA a “mass transport highway” should be now in place until the completion of the MRT-3 rehabilitation, the Metro Manila subway, and a road connecting the northern and southern Luzon expressways.
“Maganda po yan at sang-ayon kami sa proposal na yan at possible yan,” said Santos and Inton.
Manila Rep. Manny Lopez, chairman of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, said the panel will swiftly deliberate on the proposal as soon as it is referred as a bill.
Erice described his proposal as “a temporary but immediate solution” to the traffic problem.