MMDA raises fine on Bus Lane violators

For a lot of motorcycle riders – whether motorcycle taxi, motorcycle delivery, or just an individual who is running late for work – the EDSA Bus Lane is often seen as an “express lane” or overtaking lane to get ahead of the traffic congestion.

But, as the name implies, the Bus Lane is for the exclusive use of buses only, with exemptions for emergency vehicles.

Bus Lane violation fine PHP 5K to 30K starting Nov 13 image

Starting Monday, November 13, 2023, those who will be caught violating the Bus Lane policy will be slapped with a PHP 5,000 penalty for the first offense, and up to PHP 30,000 plus revocation of driver’s license in the 4th and final offense.

Under the new MMDA Regulation No. 23-002, approved by the Metro Manila Council (MMC), the increased fines for the violation of the exclusive city Bus Lane/EDSA Carousel Lane regulation for both public and private vehicles are:

First Offense – PHP 5,000

Second Offense – PHP 10,000 plus 1 month suspension of driver’s license, and required to undergo a road safety seminar

Third Offense – PHP 20,000 plus 1 year suspension of driver’s license

Fourth Offense – PHP 30,000 plus recommendation to Land Transportation Office for revocation of driver’s license

According to MMDA Acting Chairman Atty. Don Artes,  they have been receiving reports that some drivers, especially motorcycle riders, evade apprehension by speeding off when flagged down.

“These EDSA Bus Lane violators will be reported to the Land Transportation Office and penalties will be attached to the vehicle owners,” said Artes.

Artes also pointed out that the increase in penalties for EDSA Bus Lane violators is for the safety of motorists and undisrupted travel of authorized city buses plying in the exclusive lane. “Faster turnaround time of buses, carrying 50 to 60 passengers, benefits lots of commuters,” added Artes.

The increased fines apply to both drivers of public and private vehicles who are not authorized to use the exclusive bus lane.