Traffic is a mundane problem that, unfortunately, adversely affects all aspects of our lives, including the performance of work and the loss of billions annually. Our preoccupation with the topic on traffic can be explained by, among other reasons, the immediate effect on us lawyers (the loss of precious time getting stuck on the road to and from client meetings and court hearings) and the bigger impact on society (if we can’t craft and implement simple rules like those pertaining to traffic, how would we fare with more complex laws?). Indeed, no one can deny that Metro Manila traffic needs urgent, long-term and creative solutions. The solution, for instance, may be more than installing traffic lights and removing the u-turns along Katipunan Avenue. The government is doing something about it, to be sure, although some say it’s far from effective; it’s not even enough. Here’s a video that should stir our thoughts on addressing the traffic problem. The exact system may not work in Metro Manila but what’s important is the principle behind it. What do you think? Continue reading
Metro Manila traffic is bad. It’s an established fact without need of further proof on top of the gridlock photos. Studies have shown that we’re losing MILLIONS per DAY because of Metro Manila traffic. Anyone stubborn enough to demand proof could simply take a ride in an open jeepney along EDSA during rush hour. In the past days, traffic is at a standstill throughout Metro Manila. It will get WORSE, the traffic authorities warned us. I hope it will grow to its absolute WORST condition. Continue reading
Allow me to state a number of irrefutable statements. The University of the Philippines (UP) is one of the top Philippine universities. Within UP’s sprawling Diliman campus is found the National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS), which does, among other things, expert transportation research and expert traffic studies. Unless somebody backs up a claim that another agency/entity (public or private) is better, the UP NCTS is the BEST transportation/traffic think tank in the Philippines.
There’s a pending bill seeking to impose higher fees for anyone who buys a second car. By discouraging people from buying a second/third car, the rationale for this move says, there will be lesser vehicles clogging our highways. Continue reading