A heads up for commuters that the Manila’s Car Park From Hell – otherwise known as EDSA (Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare) – is currently undergoing a trial banning driver-only vehicles during peak hours.
The Metro Manila Council approved the ban on August 7th and ‘peak hours’ are defined as 7am – 10am & 6pm – 9pm (weekdays). A ‘dry run’ is currently underway with the full implementation expected on 23rd August.
There’s still a lot of uncertainty as to how the ban will be enforced but penalties of PHP1000 will be likely. Grab and other ride share drivers will still be able to enter EDSA to pick up but it must be from “the nearest” entry and, after drop-off, exit EDSA at “the first exit”.