MMDA plans to impose 60-kph speed limit in entire Metro Manila

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Traffic enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) monitor the vehicles passing along Edsa in this 2018 file photo. INQUIRER / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Tuesday that the agency is planning to implement the reduced speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour (kph) on all roads in Metro Manila.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said the reduced speed limit will lessen vehicular accidents during off-peak or during the early hours of the day.

“‘Yung sa speed limit yung 60 kilometers per hour, ‘pag madaling araw nagkakaroon ng aksidente,” he told reporters in an ambush interview at the MMDA Building in Makati City. “Ili-limit natin ng 60 kph lahat sa Metro Manila.”

(The speed limit would be 60 kph, [because] it is during early dawn that accidents tend to happen. We’ll limit 60 kph in all Metro Manila areas.)

Garcia also dismissed those who would think the speed limit will not allow their vehicles to move faster.

“Nagkatawanan na naman, nakakatakbo ba tayo ng 60 [kph]? Sa Commonwealth, medyo maluwag diyan, ang Roxas Boulevard ‘pag tanghali lang makakatakbo ka ng 60 kph,” Garcia said.

(This may draw a lot of laugh, but can we drive at 60 kph? On Commonwealth, it is quite faster there, on Roxas Boulevard at noontime you can drive as fast as 60 kph.)

“Some part ng Edsa, yung pagdating ng Balintawak [at] Monumento maluwag na makakatakbo ka ng 60 [kph],” he added.

(Upon approaching Balintawak and Monumento, you can actually drive at 60 kph there.) /jpv – By: Consuelo Marquez 



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