Motorcycle riders and bicycle commuters now have be in a specific lane along the stretch of Dr. Arcadio Santos Avenue (Sucat Road) and Ninoy Aquino Avenue in Parañaque City.
Parañaque City mayor, Edwin Olivarez, has signed City Ordinance No. 2020-23 on July 16, 2020, which designates the outer lane (rightmost lane) of both sides of the 12-kilometer thoroughfare as an MC lane. A portion of which will be shared with bicycles.
In the ordinance, the city cited that, “despite the benefits of owning a motorcycle, 70% of road accidents involved motorcycles and bicycles.” It goes on to note that “motorcycles are more prone to accidents.” This has convinced the city to enact an ordinance creating the dedicated MC lane which will be shared with bicycles.
For sub-400cc only
Under Section 6 of the ordinance, it specifically states that the MC lane is non-exclusive. Private cars as well as public utility vehicles may also use the lane when loading and unloading passengers at designated areas.
However, only motorcycles with displacements under 400cc (like underbones and scooters) are required to use the lane. Big bikes will be allowed to use any lane without penalties.
“Expressways legal motorcycles with 400cc and above displacements shall be allowed to ply the other lanes.”
Fines and penalties
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 (We're still not sure how they will be apprehended with the No Contact Apprehension system).