MMDA tests electronic tagging technology for PUB

January 25, 2012 11:09 pm 

MANILA, January 25 — Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Wednesday spearheaded the testing of a proposed electronic tagging system for public utility vehicles (PUVs) at the EDSA-Orense loading bay fronting the MMDA Building in MAkati City.

Tolentino said that ten MMDA vehicles were used for the demonstration and two electronic tag readers installed at the EDSA-Orense loading bay to determine the proof of concept of the electronic tags.

He said that this activity was requested by bus operators pushing for the use of electronic tags in lieu of the PUV paint tagging scheme implemented by the Authority last year. Representatives of the 1-United Transport Koalisyon (1-UTAK), Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP), Liga ng Transportasyon at Operators sa Pilipinas (LTOP), Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO), Alliance of Transport Operators’ and Drivers’ Association of the Philippines (ALTODAP), South Luzon Bus Operators Association (SOLUBOA), Philippine Association of Tourist Transport Organizations (PATTO) and Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila Suburbs Drivers Association (Pasang Masda) attended the event.

“The agency is reconsidering the use of electronic tags, particularly for public utility buses (PUBs), as one of the technological solutions to solve traffic problems along EDSA. The concept has many facets, but this will particularly revolve around the perennial problem of overstaying buses on the loading bays,” Tolentino said.

Under the concept, a passive electronic tag will be placed in a registered bus. The tag is associated with a computer database containing identification records of the bus unit such as its LTO and LTFRB registrations.

When the electronically-tagged bus enters the loading bay, a green light will signal that it is detected by the system and the countdown timer begins.

The system can detect if the bus has exceeded the allowed 25 seconds and the green light will turn to red to visually inform the driver that he is overstaying.

This in turn will generate a report to the database, allowing authorities to issue a violation ticket and determine which bus companies are persistent violators.

The measure is expected to reduce the number of buses in transit along EDSA at any given time and lessen queuing at bus stops, thereby alleviating congestion and increasing the travel speed. (PNA)

rsv/CLTC

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