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Dry run on new traffic scheme set by phases (West coast starts March 20)

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The dry run on the experimental traffic scheme for one-way street, no right turn and no left turn as mandated in Executive Order 250 will be implemented in two phases to take effect March 20 and 27.

Phase 1 covers west coast bound vehicles and will take effect on Monday, March 20 from 7am to 8pm, Monday to Friday excluding holidays. Phase II covers vehicles bound for the central business district will take effect March 27 following the same schedule.

This, following a coordinative meeting called by City Administrator Apple Go and Executive Assistant Cesar Jimenez Jr.  and attended by representatives from the police, traffic enforcers, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) and other agencies concerned.

Today, Saturday, Go is expected to convene transportation groups and other stakeholders to also discuss final preparations for the dry run implementation of the traffic scheme.

Jimenez said the gradual implementation of the experimental traffic scheme is based on various considerations to include the number of police and city traffic personnel to be deployed.

“We expect some confusion on Monday,” Jimenez said stressing that some people may not be fully aware of the new scheme yet. The gradual implementation would help minimize mix-ups, he emphasized.

Police and city traffic enforcers will be deployed in all intersections and main roads in the west coast to guide motorists starting on Monday.

EO 250 directs the execution of an experimental traffic scheme that designates one-way streets, “no right turn” and “no left turn” on certain roads within the five-kilometer radius of the city proper.

The dry run or experimental implementation of the new traffic scheme will last for 15 days, within which violators will not be apprehended yet but only warned.

The acting station commander of Police Station 11 thru the acting city police director is directed to strictly implement the EO in order to efficiently and effectively address the traffic situation.

The members of the local Inter-Agency Committee on the Enforcement of Land Transportation Regulations are also likewise directed to assist the Zamboanga City Police Office in the implementation of the mayor’s order.

Also to assist in the implementation are the traffic aides under the City Administrator, barangay tanods of barangays Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Camino Nuevo, Canelar, San Jose Cawa-Cawa, Baliwasan and San Jose Gusu. (Sheila Covarrubias)




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