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Is Pinoy Driving Culture Beyond Reform?
Anarchy on the Streets – Bluffing on Who Goes First
The 12 Traits of Pinoy Drivers
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By Bernie Lopez,
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An American expat from Boston working for a bank here says, “Nothing beats the Boston taxi in terms of notoriety. That is, until I came to Manila and rode a taxi.” 
A Pinoy driver says, “When I went to Singapore, I realized the beauty of road discipline in reducing stress and traffic.”
A German tourist, watching from the 12th floor of Makati Shangrila, says, “I have never seen a place where there are 12 traffic aides in one intersection (Makati Ave. corner Ayala Ave.) contradicting each other and causing traffic. Back home, it’s a single traffic light and the traffic flows smoothly during rush hour.” 
12 Traits of the Pinoy Driver?
Jeepney or Porsche drivers, rich or poor, have the same bad habits.
Veers left in order to turn right.
Bluffs who goes first, like a poker bet.
3 lanes become 6 lanes during rush hour.
When the traffic light turns yellow, speed up, not slow down.
Speed greed induces grid locks, which can last for hours.
On top of road rage is road anarchy.
The horn is a weapon to intimidate or irritate.
The courtesy culture is only in Subic.
We cannot have a day-time truck ban because they are owned by powerful oligarchs.
Many traffic schemes are band-aid solutions being changed every month. Trial and error.
Motorbikes are taking over. They think they are exempt from traffic lights.
When will we ever learn? Perhaps never. It is an impossible feat to change the Pinoy driving culture. Stiff fines, CCTVs, kilometers of intertwining concrete fences, thousands of traffic aides all do not work. If Subic can do it, why not Metro-Manila? Surprisingly, a Filipino driver who migrates to New York suddenly changes from a roaring lion to a meek lamb. We need a sociologist or a charismatic leader more than a traffic cop or CCTVs to change things.
The key perhaps is a shift in Filipino driving culture, an almost impossible feat. We need persuasion and value education, psychologists, sociologists more than cops and authoritarianism, making the Pinoy driver realize its worth it. Easy to say.
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by Bernie V. Lopez,
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