Bad news if you live in the South and you own a sub-400 cc motorcycle: Starting this Monday, July 22, motorcycles with an engine displacement below 400cc will no longer be allowed to use the Northbound lane of Osmena Highway. This is from Sales Bridge in Pasay City to Quirino Avenue in Paco, Manila. This advisory was posted along Sales bridge last week.
Starting Monday, small bikes will have to reroute from Sales Bridge to Pasong Tamo Extension, which goes to Pasong Tamo and J.P. Rizal in Makati before reaching Quirino Avenue. And oh boy, these thoroughfares are already congested enough.
It has been confirmed that this directive came not from the people of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), (since it is a toll-free zone) and that it is a direct order from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the one in charge of managing traffic along Sales bridge.
This news has received a lot of backlash from sub-400 cc motorbike owners, and there has been widespread clamor for authorities to rethink said decision.
What do you think about it? What do you think could be the true reason behind this new ruling?