Metro Pacific Tollways South (MPT South), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), continues to remind motorists to obey the Limited Access Facility Act (Republic Act 2000) which prohibits the entry of motorcycles with engine displacement less than 400cc in expressways, including the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX), its CAVITEX C5 Link Segment, and the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX).
The reminder followed an increase in R.A. 2000 violations, particularly among below 400 cc motorcycles entering the high-speed road network CAVITEX in the first month of the year. From January 1 to January 31, 2023, a total of 273 motorcycle riders were intervened by the security patrolmen in CAVITEX entry points — a 295% surge vs. the 69 riders recorded from the same period of the previous year. Despite the obvious and noticeable “Prohibited on Expressway” signages installed at every entry point, the majority, or 83% of those riders said that they got ‘lost’.
“Motorcycle usage experienced an uptick in 2020 when our country succumbed to the Covid-19 pandemic, and we do recognize the benefits that this development has brought – both in ride-sharing and logistics services. A reminder to our motorcycle community that CAVITEX and CALAX are declared by the DOTr through their Department Order (D.O) 2007-15 DESIGNATION AND DECLARATION OF ALL EXPRESSWAYS AS LIMITED ACCESS FACILITIES, and as such will only allow Motorcycles 400cc and above. Expressways are high-speed road facilities, and we aim for all our motorists to be safe while using our network of toll roads, we encourage them to follow the signs and speed limits,” said Mr. Raul L. Ignacio, President of MPT South.
The toll road company advised below 400cc motorcycle riders to use the ‘two-wheeler’ or ‘motorcycle’ mode when using a GPS navigation app. This will avoid directing the rider passing through different expressways going to the destination.
“Aside from intensifying our security and traffic operations, we will continue to reach and educate drivers thru our ‘Drayberks’ road safety seminar that will roll out in selected communities of NCR and CALABARZON this Q1 of 2023,” Ignacio added.
Drayberks, an award-winning social advocacy of MPT South, educates motorists on road safety and instills knowledge on the RA 2000 or Limited Access Facility Act. Since 2018, Drayberks continues to tap key stakeholders and transport groups to share important reminders to motorists on safety behind wheels.
Apart from under-capacity motorcycles or those below 400cc, R.A. 2000 also prohibits the entry of tricycles, bicycles, overloaded, oversized, and dilapidated vehicles, and pedestrians on expressways. Any violators shall be apprehended.
MPTC is the toll road development arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC). It is the biggest toll road developer and operator in the country. Aside from CALAX and CAVITEX, MPTC also holds the concession rights for North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), NLEX Connector Road, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Cebu.