Some months ago, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued Memorandum Circular No. 2020-036 mandating local government units (LGUs) to develop alternate routes for tricycles, pedicabs, and similar motorized vehicles or keep them on the right lane. This is intended to speed up traffic flow on national roads that pass through populated LGUs.
This may just work, provided it's limited to tricycles and pedicabs. It's a different story if two-wheel motorcycles are included as well. About a year ago, we wrote a story on Why the rightmost lane is dangerous for motorcycles.
However, many LGUs have implemented this new rule in their jurisdictions, but have modified it to include two-wheel motorcycles as well. While the DILG itself has clarified it is intended for tricycles, pedicabs, and other similar motorized vehicles, many LGUs continue to include two-wheeled motorcycles in the ban.
Some of these are LGUs like Malolos, Bulacan, where motorcycle riders can only travel using the rightmost lane of MacArthur Highway. The same goes for Angeles City, in Pampanga. The most recent LGU to implement this is San Marcelino, Zambales.
The Motorcycle Rights Organization (MRO) believes enough is enough and is now asking the Land Transportation Office's (LTO) help to rectify this.
In a letter dated January 20, 2021, the MRO wrote to LTO assistant secretary, Edgar Galvante, to seek help and hopefully resolve these modifications by some LGUs.
According to MRO, motorcycle riders “have been apprehended when they are not even part of the said directive.” MRO added that regardless of vehicle type, slow-moving vehicles should move to the right if they are obstructing the smooth flow of traffic. If these drivers do not comply, they should be stopped and ticketed, in accordance with existing traffic rules.