The operative word from the City Transport and Traffic Management Office is ‘voluntary discipline’ as that modicum of standard required for the public to follow rules and make public conveyance comfortable.
CTTMO head Dionisio Abude, announcing the strict implementation of the ‘no loading, unloading’ zones, declared that the law can only be successful with the full cooperation of the public.
The loading and unloading zones ae not new. They have been existing for a long time albeit not religiously followed because of the lack of discipline by both the riding public and transport sector. Public utility jeeps and taxis practically stop anywhere—even in the middle of the street—to pick up and drop passengers. If at all, the PUJs use the jeepney stops, these PUJs use the stops as temporary terminals to load as much passengers as possible.
All these ‘bad habits’ have become part of the transport culture that it has become that problematic as to dislodge as practice even if they are patently illegal. Yes, unless our traffic enforcers crack the whip seriously.
The question is, will they do it?
Mr. Abude now says they will enforce it. Strictly, this time. However, he said they needed everyone’s ‘voluntary discipline’ to be successful.
Public discipline need not be voluntary. In fact, it should not be voluntary or to say the least, selective or discretionary. It is innate upon us to think of the bigger picture in order to solve this problem. It can be done if everyone makes discipline their way of life instead of thinking of their own comfort.
On the part of the CTTMO, discipline means the highest standard of law implementation.
Now let’s bring it on.