MMDA to set 50 km/h speed limit for EDSA, C5, Commonwealth
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – EDSA and several other major roads will soon have a speed limit of 50 kilometers per hour (km/h), announced Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Assistant General Manager Jojo Garcia on Wednesday, December 6.
Aside from EDSA, Garcia told Rappler that the plan to lower the speed limit also covers Circumferential Road 5 (C5), Commonwealth Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, Quezon Avenue, and Marcos Highway.
"Na-i-propose dito through sa congressional hearing namin na ibaba ang speed limit... from 60, binaba natin 'yan ng 50 kilometers per hour," Garcia said in a press briefing.
(It was proposed here through a congressional hearing to lower the speed limit... from 60, we lowered it to 50 kilometers per hour.)
In a text message to Rappler, Garcia said they have yet to sign the resolution for its implementation.
"After signing the resolution. Maybe a few weeks [from now we will implement it]," he said. (READ: What you need to know about speed limits in the Philippines)
Asked for the rationale behind the reduced speed limit, Garcia said in the briefing that they want to prevent accidents.
"Maraming aksidente. 'Yung mga trucks kailangan ng maintenance, meron pang overloading. So para sa safety," he added.
(There are a lot of accidents. Trucks need maintenance, and some of them are even overloading. So it's for safety.)
Garcia also pointed out that while most people are used to EDSA at a standstill, the highway is less congested late at night and before dawn. (READ: Duterte's EDSA traffic: Data say it's faster, drivers say nothing's changed) – Rappler.com