Rude buses and Jeepneys in the Philippines, what do you think?
November 20, 2007 1:31am CST
Here in the Philippines we see jeepneys and buses all the time. It's the primary means of transportation for almost all Filipinos. It's a part of a Pinoy's life. Unfortunately, almost all buses and jeepneys here in the Philippines cause heavy traffic jams. They tend to stop on a turn or right after or before an intersection just to pick up passengers. Some even hardy drivers stay there until their load is full. Any thoughts on this? Suggestions on how to resolve this?
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7 Sep 08
I think we have to tackle two main problems when we talk about buses and jeepneys here in the Philippines. One problem would be the lack of discipline among the drivers themselves and then second would be lack of traffic enforcement. I believe that if bus drivers and jeepney drivers would be trained properly on things like stopping at proper passenger pick-up and drop-off spots and simple road etiquette, I think the driving condition here would be a little bit better for everybody. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) enforcers, in my opinion, don't know how to do their jobs. I feel they too lack proper training on how to enforce traffic laws. They'll catch private vehicles on the yellow lane when they're just trying to get to the right most lane to make a right turn. But when a bus swerves and cuts 3 lanes moving at around 70 kph or when a jeepney stops to pick-up passengers at a corner, MMDA enforcers will just blow their whistles. If traffic enforcers, not just the MMDA enforcers but all traffic enforcers, would be trained on proper traffic enforcement, maybe the traffic situation would be better.
7 Sep 08
I agree with on you on this one and I've also noticed the points you've presented. Traffic enforcers tend to catch private vehicles more than jeepneys and buses. I don't want to speculate much but I think that's something the government needs to look into. Thanks for your response.
27 Nov 07
let me share my experience with bus drivers in manila. when they drive along edsa going to makati, they really drive crazy. but upon entering makati, they suddenly turn to good and obedient drivers. it is a very apparent change. they would not allow passengers to get off unless it is in a unloading area. they drive carefully in makati. so the question that begs to ask, there must be something in makati that causes drivers to behave this way. what is it? i must say, it is in the implementation of the law. police or traffic enforcers in makati are strict and rigid. i know we have good laws, the implementation is another thing. if it can be done in makati, it can be done elsewhere. good leaders also play a role in this phenomenon.
28 Nov 07
I would have to agree to that I say it's the solution for this problem. Makati has strict traffic rules and by joe they really implement them. I rode one taxi once and got into a conversation with the driver. He said that he avoids breaking traffic rules in Makati as he would get fined big and it really does happen. Thanks for the reply.
20 Nov 07
I'm from Zamboanga and jeepneys here are sometimes rude. They are reckless drivers and are undisciplined. I always rode jeepneys whenever I go to school and back home and the same thing happens. They try every possible way to go around heavy traffic, stop to load passengers even when the road is busy and doesn't learn from their mistakes even though the police caught them. I don't blame them for their ways because of their minimal income but they know the rules of traffic. If all drivers are disciplined, heavy traffic will lessen and a every ride is a safe journey back home.
20 Nov 07
i hate to admit it but i once like those undisciplined drivers during the days that i was working far from home. they make sure that we can be at downtown area as fast as we can although its quite dangerous but being late is more scary in my thoughts. hehehe! and im too lazy to get up early so as not to be late for work. silly me! ^-^
20 Nov 07
some of the jeepney drivers really sucks! and maybe its because filipinos dont have much choice since for some its their only means of transportation. resolving this pathetic situation is quite a hard thing to do. i guess for some instances like waiting for passengers in the wrong loading zone isnt excusable though they have reasons like they need to have more income. and we know how hard just to keep up with our daily needs. i think the only way we can at least lessen these is discipline the drivers and passenger as well!
23 Nov 07
I'm from Zamboanga and jeepneys are really sometimes annoying, and some are not quite a good model/example to the youth. Almost all the jeepneys here in our city has a sign of "No Smoking", but then, even the drivers are the one who are smoking while driving, they actually don't realize that their are also other passengers out there who are suffering from a lung disease or asthma. Sometimes they are the one who are making the heavy traffic that makes students and workers be late in their own meeting or destination. But I can't blame them, they stop to get passengers and what they get from them are their needs to live in this world.Everybody has a plan for a living and maybe that is their way.
24 Nov 07
I guess you're right. These jeepney drivers need money too and it depends on their driving prowess on how much they will earn each day. But discipline is the way to go in this world and we have to have discipline in order to live harmouously with others. Thanks for your post.
• Quezon City, Philippines
21 Nov 07
AS they say they rule the roads in Metro Manila. As far as I know MMDA is working hard to solve this problem. Although some do not help at all like the metallic fences they provided which becam more of an eye sore and even slows down the traffic even more. Now they are building concrete barriers to be used for buses that picks up passenger. That seems to be the answer but then in time these Buses will soon find ways to overrule these measures.
20 Nov 07
Sometimes it pisses me off. They always wait for the passenger too long. They don't even give a consideration to their passengers if there is someone in a hurry or someone might be late because of that. The bus and jeepney drivers should be disciplined because they don't obey the traffic law. Sometimes I even get scared to drive on highway because of them.
20 Nov 07
It's not only the wait but their manner of driving too. I almost got run over by a speeding bus once. And there was a time when a bus had me almost pinned down a gutter when I was driving my girlfriend's car. I'm not gonna even start with the smoke belching.
18 Aug 09
I am glad I lived here in Davao City, Philippines. Drivers here and operators are more disciplined because Mayor Duterte is very particular and strict to this, so I have no bad experience with commuting. Jeepneys here are not allowed of overloading and drivers are very polite and kind to unload us in a proper yellow box places. IN general, Davao City is the most ideal place in the Philippines to live when it comes to lifestyle, environment and peace and order. I experienced a terrible commuting when I was in Manila, vacationing with my friends after our retreat in Baguio City. Drivers there are not disciplined and tend to overtake other bus, taxi and jeepneys, me and my officemates were really shocked with the kind of commuting in Manila, it was very strange and very dangerous compared to Davao.