Aangat Tayo Party-list representative and House Assistant Minority Leader Neil J. Abayon does not believe that a car pooling or driver only regulation, as suggested by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), will solve the traffic congestion problem in the city.
“I have serious doubts as to the implementability and practicality of car pooling. When Filipinos buy their cars they do so for personal, family, and TNVS reasons, not for car pooling with strangers or even neighbors,” Abayon said in a statement.
“Ang kultura natin ay hindi katulad ng sa ibang lahi na ang kapitbahay at hindi masyadong kilala ay itinuturing na bahagi ng sariling pamilya at pinasasakay sa sariling sasakyan araw-araw. Kapag may okasyon tulad ng excursion, lakad pang-kasayahan, nakakasabay ng Pinoy ang ka-opisina o kaibigan. Pa-minsan-minsan nakikisakay ang kapitbahay sa kotse ng iba pero hindi iyan madalas,” said Abayon.
“What the MMDA wants is for Filipinos especially in Metro Manila to do it every day. That takes profound cultural, sociological change and cannot be imposed or legislated,” he said.
Abayon suggested the MMDA ask transport network companies first for their data on car pooling availment.
TNCs have pooling options. The MMDA should first have data and evidence, not just the old idea of car pooling, according to Abayon.
MMDA should consider other options, said Abayon.
Abayon’s statement follows pronouncements by the MMDA that it is considering implementing a car pooling regulation and ban on driver only-ran cars along EDSA to lessen the number of motorists using the road.