Motorcycles now restricted to outer lanes

Puerto Princesa City is not yet ready to remove tricycles and pedicabs on national roads. (File photo)

The City Traffic and Management Office (CTMO) has began implementing strict compliance on the use of outer lanes of major roads and highways as “motorcycle lane.”

Allan Mabella from CTMO said that their office received a city ordinance last week directing motorcycle drivers and motorists to use the outer lanes of major roads.

 “Ang maiiwan na lang sa gitna ay ‘yung mga four wheels at malalaking sasakyan,” Mabella said.

CTMO started a dry-run on Monday particularly along San Pedro Highway, which is prone to traffic congestion.

Mabella said for starters, they chose to implement this in San Pedro North National Highway, particularly the stretch from Adventist Hospital to Junction I.

He said they will soon include other major roads such as Malvar Street and Rizal Avenue, including the national highway up to Barangay Tagburos and Barangay Irawan.

 “Ang advocacy ng ordinansang ito ay mula city proper hanggang Tagburos at Irawan sa kabila,” Mabella said.

Arterial roads can still be used by motorcycle owners however.

Marbella said that on their implementation, motorists have been receptive of the new traffic system.

“Base sa observation namin, maganda naman ang kinalabasan,” Mabella said.

Violators of the ordinance may face a penalty amounting to P150 for the 1st offense and higher fines for succeeding offenses.


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