Starting today, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) enforces stricter implementation of the motorcycle lane policy on the following major roads: EDSA, C-5, Macapagal Avenue, and Commonwealth Avenue.

The policy directs the motorcyclists to drive only on the designated motorcycle lanes.

“Our objective here is not only to move people faster but also make sure they reach their destinations safely,” said MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos.

According to an MMDA report, beginning on January til April 2016, a total of 7,033 motorcycle-related accidents were already recorded, in which eighty-two were fatal.

In 2015, the agency recorded a total of 18,688 motorcycle accidents in Metro Manila alone, 238 of which turned out fatal.

Last weekend, the MMDA along with the Motorcycle Philippines Federation regulated dry runs by checking if the motorcyclists wore their helmets or safety gears, and if their headlights were on during daytime.

Meanwhile, motorcycles with no side mirrors and signal lights will also be flagged down.

Motorcyclists who will commit a violation may face fines starting from Php 500.00 to Php 1,000.00. Motorcycle impoundment may also likely be a possible consequence for violation.