MMDA Acting Chairman Atty. Don Artes said the increase in penalties is meant to deter drivers from violating the EDSA Bus Carousel lane regulation and to ensure the safety and efficiency of the public transport system.
“These EDSA bus lane violators will be reported to the Land Transportation Office and penalties will be attached to the vehicle owners,” said Artes.
Under the MMDA Regulation No. 23-002, approved by the Metro Manila Council, the increased fines for the violation of exclusive city bus lane/EDSA carousel lane regulation for both public and private vehicles are:
- First offense: ₱5,000
- Second offense: ₱10,000 plus one month suspension of driver’s license and required to undergo a road safety seminar
- Third offense: ₱20,000 plus one year suspension of driver’s license
- Fourth offense: ₱30,000 plus recommendation to Land Transportation Office (LTO) for revocation of driver’s license
The current fine for the violation is ₱1,000 for each offense.
The EDSA Bus Carousel lane is reserved for authorized city buses that carry 50 to 60 passengers each. The faster turnaround time of buses also reduces traffic congestion and air pollution.
The increased fines apply to both drivers of public and private vehicles who are not authorized to use the exclusive bus lane.