The City of Manila is working on addressing its traffic management. Just a quick trip within the city streets, you’ll see a lot of traffic violators from riders that are not wearing their helmets, to tricycles who are counterflowing on Manila’s major thoroughfares, to private cars who do not respect the traffic signals.
Part of the reason why there are so many traffic violators in the country’s capital may be that there is no “certainty of arrest." Traffic violators, more often than not, risk trying to get away with their violation assuming Manila’s traffic enforcers do not have the means to pursue these erring drivers. Not for long.
Yesterday, through the generosity of Filipino-Chinese businessmen, Manila mayor Isko Moreno formally received five (5) units of Suzuki Gixxer 150 motorcycles. These will then be deployed by the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau to help its enforcers manage the busy streets of the capital.
To give erring motorists an idea of their capability, these Suzuki Gixxers can accelerate faster than an average car or SUV, and have a top speed of more than 120 kilometers per hour. The bike is also agile enough to squeeze through Manila’s most congested streets. So if anyone is still planning on breaking some traffic laws and thinks they can outrun these bikes, think again.