MMDA apprehends 140 PUBs, violators of bus segregation scheme

December 19, 2012 11:15 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 19 — A total 140 public utility buses were seized Wednesday by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority for violation of the bus segregation scheme it started enforcing Tuesday along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue.

MMDA Traffic Discipline Czar Yves Gonzales said 88 buses were apprehended and issued traffic citation tickets on the first day alone of the scheme’s implementation.

On Wednesday, Gonzales said 52 buses were apprehended by their personnel.

“Initial tally on bus segregation from 6am to 2pm Wednesday showed that 8 buses were nabbed for having no stickers and 44 for failing to stop at their designated stations," Gonzales said.

City buses found without or unauthorized “A” for Alabang-bound buses, B (Baclaran-bound buses) or C” for all-stop buses tag or stickers shall be impounded and fined P1, 000, while bus companies found to have transferred the sticker of any of its bus to another group without the written authority of the MMDA will be meted out a P500 fine.

The scheme, which covers only the 3, 100 city buses, is meant to help decongest EDSA and improve travel time for bus passengers along the metropolis’ prime thoroughfare.

Authorities said this is way above the 1, 700 buses that a study funded by Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said is EDSA’s carrying capacity on a daily basis. (PNA)

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