The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has again called out unruly motorcycle riders who blatantly disregard the EDSA bus lane barriers.
“Yung pilit nyo na pag-suway sa tamang panuntunan ng batas trapiko, it's just a matter of time na maaaksidente kayo dyan (because of your persisting disregard to traffic laws, it’s just a matter of time before you meet an accident),” said EDSA boss, Col. Edison “Bong” Nebrija during an interview with Frontline Pilipinas.
The EDSA boss is referring to the video where some motorcycle riders were caught on video squeezing through concrete barriers to get to a U-turn slot that was closed by the MMDA.
Despite the barriers present to discourage entering the EDSA bus lane, the riders continued to squeeze through to get to the recently closed U-turn slot. At one point in the video, a bus almost hit a crossing motorcycle which, in the first place, wasn't supposed to be there.
The MMDA added that motorcycle riders who are caught violating the EDSA bus lane will be slapped with a ₱1,000 fine.
Statistically accident prone
This is not the first time government agencies have singled out riders as unruly and prone to, if not causes of accidents.
According to a 2019 MMDA report, motorcycles lead the statistics in terms of road accident involvement. In the report, 31,279 motorcycle-related accidents were reported in 2019 – or about 86 motorcycle-related incidents per day.
EDSA, the MMDA said, accounts for the most number of motorcycle-related accidents in 2019, totaling with 17,382.