Davao City to designate jeepney, bus stops to address congestion

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 April) – The Davao City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) is mulling a new traffic scheme to give a temporary relief to the congestion in the downtown area by designating jeepney and bus stops.

But CTTMO head Dionesio Abude, during Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw, appealed for discipline from both drivers and commuters because even the toughest of traffic rules and regulations would become useless if these are not being followed.

He said the lack of designated jeepney stops worsened the congestion, most especially in choking points during peak hours.

Abude said they are planning to put up stops for every route to put some semblance of order that would prevent the vehicles to converge in one area to pick up passengers, which causes the major thoroughfares to clog up.

He said they are studying how many jeepney/bus stops to set up in which areas in the city.

Once enforced, Abude said jeepney and bus drivers can no longer unload passengers at any point but only at the designated stops to prevent blocking the passage of vehicles and reminded passengers to be mindful of the nearest stops.

Failure to obey, he said, is a violation of Sec. 54 of the Land Transportation and Traffic Code (Republic Act 4136), which states that “no person shall drive his motor vehicle in such a manner as to obstruct or impede the passage of any vehicle, nor, while discharging or taking on passengers or loading or unloading freight, obstruct the free passage of other vehicles.”

Abude also warned to tow cars illegally parked in no parking zones. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)