QC court halts provincial bus ban

Mike Navallo and John Gabriel Agcaoili | ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE)—Provincial buses may continue to ply EDSA as a Quezon City court has issued a preliminary injunction against the ban on buses from outside Metro Manila at the major thoroughfare.

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In an order dated July 31, Quezon City Branch 223 Judge Caridad Walse-Lutero granted the plea of of Nagkakaisang Samahan ng Nangangasiwa ng Panlalawigang Bus sa Pilipinas Inc. and 16 other bus operators to halt the implementation of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Memorandum Circular No. 2019-001 and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Regulation No. 19-002.

The LTFRB order bars provincial buses from passing through EDSA and requires them to stop at designated endpoints, while the MMDA regulation prohibits the issuance of business permits or revokes those already issued to provincial bus terminals along EDSA.

The move was meant to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila, with both agencies claiming the orders were an exercise of police power for public welfare.

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