San Juan to limit use of roads by driving schools

Driving schools and driving instructors may soon be barred from using San Juan City’s main thoroughfares as a training ground for their student drivers from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during weekdays once draft Ordinance 70-2007 is approved by the city council.

Councilor Dante Santiago filed the ordinance to ensure the smooth flow of traffic along major roads, especially Ortigas Avenue, Santolan Road, Pinaglabanan St., Wilson N. Domingo, and F. Blumentritt Streets during the rush hours on weekdays.

“Mayor JV Ejercito and the city council are constantly devising new plans and finding ways to minimize, if not totally control, traffic congestion in San Juan City, especially during the holiday season, it being a major conduit and passageway to and from various big cities in Metro Manila like Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Makati City, Manila and other cities,” Santiago said.

Once approved, violators of the ordinance shall be fined P500, P1,500 and P2,000 for the first to the third offenses.

Santiago, who is now on his third term, explained that one of the reasons why vehicular traffic slows down during rush hours is because of the increasing number of driving schools and driving instructors using the city’s main thoroughfares as training ground for their student drivers especially during rush hours.

The local police force and the city’s Task Force Disiplina are mandated to apprehend the violators and issue the necessary Traffic Violation Receipts.