The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has initiated the apprehension of motorcycle riders seeking shelter under flyovers and footbridges during rainy conditions.

MMDA Acting Chairman Romando “Don” Artes issued an order on July 20, directing the arrest of these riders.

The rationale behind this action is that parking motorcycles under flyovers and footbridges disrupts traffic flow and puts the riders’ lives at risk.

As of 12:19 p.m. on Tuesday, nine motorists were already apprehended along the northbound lane of the EDSA Timog footbridge, according to MMDA Public Information Officer Leizl Alavaren.

Those caught violating the directive will face a fine of P1,000. (AI/MNM)