Carpooling a ‘knee-jerk’ solution— church officials

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MANILA, Sept. 14, 2015— A long-term solution is needed rather than “knee-jerk” reactions to ease the traffic woes in Metro Manila, church officials said.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the response to the problem really needs an improvement of the entire public transport system.

“The transport system should first be set in place and improved,” Pabillo said.

The bishop was reacting to the government’s plan to make carpooling mandatory as among the possible solutions to the heavy traffic on EDSA.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the proposed scheme aims to reduce vehicle volume on the 23-kilometer highway.

Under the scheme, private cars with less than four passengers would not allowed to go through EDSA during peak hours.

Fr. Jerome Secillano, a parish priest in Manila, said while carpooling is a welcome suggestion, it would help more if road projects on EDSA will be finished soonest. “These are major factors that cause traffic,” he said.

“Car pooling is merely a knee-jerk solution to the problem and it’s not even effective. You have to remember that privately-owned cars are mostly parked in offices almost the whole day,” Secillano said.

“It’s the public vehicles that are always on the road and they go around even without passengers. So, who’s causing tremendous traffic now?” he added.

He also called for a stricter campaign against colorum vehicles plying EDSA as well as imposing more discipline on motorists.

“Buses stop just anywhere. Jeepneys do the same. These are what make traffic situation worse,” he said. (CBCP News)

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