Lipa City, Batangas, has recently joined the growing number of areas including motorcycles in the Department of Interior and Local Government's (DILG) Memorandum Circular (MC) 2020-036.
The memo was intended to keep tricycles and pedicabs on the rightmost lane of the road to improve traffic flow. The memo, however, does not specifically include motorcycles as “banned” from using the highway nor does it specifically say that motorcycles should only use the rightmost lane. Nonetheless, some LGUs have added two-wheeled motorcycles to the list of vehicles restricted to this lane.
In the video above uploaded by vlogger, Byaherong Pulubi, traffic enforcers from the city of Lipa were flagging down motorcycle riders along Ayala Highway for not using the rightmost lane. He added that the city has imposed a ₱400.00 fine for riders who were caught using the highway’s other lanes.
“Please be reminded that, if you’re traveling to Lipa, do not use the other lanes besides the rightmost lane. There’s a ₱400.00 penalty for those who will be ticketed,” said the vlogger in Filipino.
Another misinterpreted law
Earlier this month, motorcycle rights group, Motorcycle Rights Organization, has teamed up with the Philippine National Police to address the motorcycle community's concern over some laws that are misinterpreted if not modified by some LGUs. The group has also sent letters to both the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the DILG regarding this matter.
The PNP has assured the riding public that they will issue an order to all regional offices across the nation to make sure that the laws are properly interpreted and implemented.