Tuesday, October 11, 2016
i-ACT to Mall Operators: Cooperate with the Government to Decongest Roads
The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT) earlier reached out to various mall operators in Metro Manila to discuss measures on how they can cooperate with the government in an attempt to alleviate traffic congestion in the metropolis during the Christmas Season.
In the past years, authorities have observed that the conduct of mall sales cause traffic gridlock within the mall perimeters due to the influx of customers and vehicles going in and out of the malls. With this, i-ACT stressed out the necessity for mall owners to submit a detailed traffic management plan to the Council two weeks before their conduct of mall sales. The production of a traffic management plan is imperative for both the mall operators and the government, so as not to effect inconvenience to motorists during the conduct of such events.
Further, i-ACT required mall operators to not schedule any mall sales during weekdays, but rather schedule it on weekends so as not to contribute to traffic congestion. Both parties settled to implement the agreement starting October 21, 2016.
I-ACT likewise urged mall owners to start adjusting their mall operating hours from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm starting November 1, 2016.
In the coming weeks, i-ACT will set a dialogue with mall traffic managers to discuss requirements of the traffic management plan, as well as the terms of cooperation between mall owners and the government to address traffic issues.