MMDA to Launch Public Vehicles’ Electronic Tagging (E-Tagging)

MMDA to Launch Public Vehicles’ Electronic Tagging (E-Tagging) -- In view of adding better schemes to address the chronic traffic condition of Epifanio de los Santos Ave. or EDSA, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be pilot testing an electronic tagging system for public utility vehicles (PUVs) on Nov. 8 (Thurs).
..we are ready to roll out the e-tagging scheme for public utility buses (PUBs) and jeepneys,” (MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino)
The tagging will be a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system which will involve installation of microchips in public transport vehicles or units. At its testing phase, the ID system will be used to alert the PUV drivers about their dwelling time on the passenger loading bays along EDSA. Upon the vehicle's entry to a loading plaform, a green light will signal, which means that the vehicle has been detected by the system. Thereby, the count down begins. The allowable stay on the bay will be 25 seconds; The green light will turn to red to tell the driver that he/she is already overstaying.

In a wide scale implementation, the chips will be able to store the vehicle's related information such as traffic rule violations, accident history and involvement and of course, compliance to supplementary road and traffic measures like allowable dwelling time in a passenger loading bay or terminals and such. The database compiled can also be a good resource for better law enforcement, as well as accident management and crime prevention.
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The electronic tag installed in a vehicle will be linked to the databases of MMDA, LTO and LTFRB for consolidated and unified information storage, access and management. In such a way, authorities can easily establish bases in issuing violation tickets and other fines.

Supporters of the system said that this scheme is cheaper compared to what has been implemented previously - manual tagging by painting the vehicle's plate number on its sides.

If this option can be handled and sustained in both implementation and strict observance, a lot of other things can be achieved by the government. First, the tagging can be a tool to identify unregistered or "Colorum" PUV units plying EDSA and eventually, metro-wide thoroughfares as well. Second, it will save up on physical infrastructures, thereby, on expenses too. Other things could be easy apprehension of erring drivers / vehicles, easy access to PUV information, better logistics maintenance and also improved mechanism to keep track of related assets and other equipments.

Granting that some of the ideals that we see will push through as time passes by, there has to be a strong support from an integrated planning and decision support system within the key transport line agencies of the government.

Let's hope that things will push through as planned. Way to go MMDA!

21 comments:

  1. I think this should help in minimizing the time spent by abusive drivers overstaying in the passenger dock.

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  2. They have to cut down first the number of "rotten, second hand" bus in EDSA, Those bulk buses were one if not the major cause of traffic. Implement strict driving guidelines and eradicate the "quota" system, in these cases, the root cause of the problems has been partly solved. :)

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  3. This will be a big help not only to all the passenger but also to the government, it will lessen the crime rate in a bus. Hopefully it will last.

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  4. This will be a great move from MMDA but i agree with Daryll that LTFRB and MMDA should do some action on second hand buses and eradicate the quota system

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  5. This will be a great help and its now the time to start this project. Sana maayos ang sistema ng implementation

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  6. Hopefully this system will help to alleviate the traffic problem in the metro; but primarily there's a need to cut-down on the number of buses plying especially the EDSA route, they are the main culprit indeed.

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  7. Idealistic and Proper.. but I doubt if this move will earn merit. This could work in some cities but the entire mega manila? I am skeptical.

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  8. I like this system. I foresee a better-enforced road system in our country, or at least, the cities which will pilot test this for nationwide use.

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  9. Great idea. This would make violators easier to track. I hope they can implement this EFFICIENTLY right away.

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  10. Franc,
    Let's hope that the enforcers will follow the rules religiously :)

    Daryll,
    Second hand buses have been an issue ever since I got into my job that is transport related (research nga lang). Until now, we are still in the pit of toruring ourselves with these pollutant machines. The operators don't even bother to maintain their units properly. Add the reckless drivers and you got a perfect deal for a flying coffin :)

    Victor,
    I agree. This tool should be utilized to address road-related crimes.

    Manila Republic,
    This has a political flavor my friend. At some point, our import and export gateways suck on what has to be done.

    Traveling Morion,
    That's the thing - implementation is usually good at the start then you see thec trend curve sloping down. Hope not.

    Gigi,
    The center where I work has been proposing your idea in many of its research papers and porjects but still, cutting down the number of these buses is a gigantic facade to crumble down.

    RAIN,
    The merits could be there pare, yun nga lang, will they serve the way they should be? It's a matter of how our authorities channel the merits to an actual and working system. So yes, I am skeptical too in the case.

    jsncruz,
    Let us hope for the best, Jason :)

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  11. Yes, let's hope for the enforcers to follow the rule. I also admire the current MMDA officials as they have already implemented already so many innovations lately.

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  12. PUVs that loves to hang out to fill their vehicle makes me uncomfortable sometimes but I kinda understand them. This will help lessen the traffic build up. I think?

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  13. Any rule can be as effective as expected when both parties will strictly implement and follow this new traffic scheme. Let's hope for the best.

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  14. Hope the plan pushes through. But mark it, madaming kokontra dyan.

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  15. This is good because most of the bus driver stays for like 30 minutes and it is irritating especially if you are in a hurry.

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  16. Hope this plan can ease up the heavy traffic. Kudos to MMDA for always thinking out loud in terms of city traffic.

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  17. this will hopefully end all the vehicle-related crimes + accidents that are rampant now in the Metro. I hope MMDA imposes this ASAP!

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  18. This is really good, I guess all drivers should abide the traffic rules, especially this e-tagging. It will help lessen the traffic jam in EDSA

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  19. This is cool. honestly, Taiwan has been doing this for a long time now and for us here in the Philippines - it's way to late though it's good that we already have one (new) I might create a top 10 list of new renovations in PH like e-jeepney and stuff :)

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  20. Sana maging effective itong bagong technology na to at di rin masayang.

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  21. Only one answer to make it work, DISCIPLINE, both for the implementers, drivers, operators and commuters. Yan naman lagi ang kulang sa atin, ang daming magagandang plano but all these went down the drain (plus the money spent on them) due to lack of discipline and the "ningas kugon" attitude. Let's just hope it can be done this time. :)

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