Bus hits concrete barriers along EDSA; MMDA tells drivers to follow speed limit

Published July 27, 2020, 4:19 PM

by Jel Santos

A speeding bus hit two concrete barriers along the new bus lane on EDSA on Monday morning (July 27), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

(Screencap from Koji Tibay)

Based on a dashcam video posted on Facebook by Koji Tibay, a pink bus hit the concrete barriers around 9:30 a.m.

Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago, MMDA spokesperson, said this is the third time this month that a speeding bus hit the concrete barriers along EDSA.

“The bus was travelling very fast that’s why the two barriers swirled. Luckily, no vehicle got hit by the concrete barriers,” she said.

The MMDA spokesperson reminded bus drivers to always be cautious and follow the speed limit for buses.

Under MMDA Regulation No. 17-0034, series of 2017, 50 kilometers per hour is the maximum speed limit of buses and trucks along circumferential and radial roads in Metro Manila.

“Let us follow the speed limit. Think of the safety of your passengers and other motorists plying EDSA,” Pialago said.

The agency has previously told motorists to mind the barriers of the new bus lane following barrier-related vehicular accidents.

The MMDA earlier placed concrete barriers at the left side of the whole stretch of EDSA to separate buses from private vehicles during the general community quarantine period.

Per MMDA, only buses and ambulances are allowed to use the new bus lane.

MMDA cautions bus drivers about speed limit

Meanwhile, given the recent barrier-related vehicle accidents on EDSA, the MMDA told bus drivers to show that they value their jobs by following the speed limit set for them along EDSA.

Pialago said that the 550 authorized bus drivers should follow the 50 kilometers per hour speed limit for buses or they might eventually lose their jobs.

“The 550 drivers are very lucky to have their jobs during this pandemic.

They should show how much they value their jobs by following the speed limit so that no barrier-related accident will transpire on EDSA,” she said Monday night.

From June to July, Pialago said three bus drivers figured in barrier-related accidents along EDSA.

“Even if they are only less than one percent of the 550 bus drivers, they must start valuing their jobs by following the speed limit,” she said. 

“Once they get into an accident, they get suspended and eventually lose their jobs.”

When they were asked why they hit the barriers, she said their reason was that they did not notice how fast they were driving.

“The reason of the three bus drivers is that they did not notice how fast they were going, that’s why they oversped.”

“Please do not put the lives of others at risk. Always follow the speed limit on EDSA,” she cautioned.