Last week, we reported about Parañaque City’s plan to implement new motorcycle and bicycle lane (rightmost lane) along Dr. Arcadio Santos Avenue (Sucat Road) and Ninoy Aquino Road.
In a social media post by the city’s mayor, Edwin Olivarez, more than a dozen motorcycle riders were apprehended and were issued Ordinance Violation Receipts (OVR) during the first day of implementation of Ordinance 2020-23, series of 2020, or the Parañaque MC lane ordinance.
Based on the photos, motorcycle riders were all issued OVRs. There was no special treatment accorded. Even frontliners like police officers were not spared from the operation.
“We suggest that the city could as well apprehend those who use the MC lane as parking areas and those who use it as loading and unloading areas,” said one comment in Filipino on the mayor’s page.
Under the new ordinance, violators will be covered by the city’s No Contact Apprehension scheme and will be slapped with a ₱1,000 fine for each time caught violating the new MC lane policy. Bicycle riders, on the other hand, will be slapped with a ₱500 fine (No details given on how they will be apprehended with the No Contact Apprehension system).
While the new MC lane is welcomed by many of Parañaque City’s residents, motorcycle riders lamented the city’s unfair traffic laws seemingly directed at motorcycle riders.