- Category: Economy
06 Jul 2013
- Written by Claudeth Mocon
THE implementation of the modified uniform truck ban regulation in Metro Manila was extended until January 5 next year, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced over the weekend.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the Metro Manila Mayors Council (MMC), through the Special Traffic Committee (STC), headed by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, issued Resolution 03 Series of 2013 extending the implementation of the modified uniform truck ban for another six months.
Tolentino said the truck ban will be extended from July 6 to January 5, 2014, unless earlier revoked. Under the new guidelines, the STC will have to formulate a permanent Metro Manila truck regulation within 60 days.
He said the extension would give the STC adequate time to address all issues concerning the proposed implementation of a total daytime truck ban in Metro Manila to alleviate traffic congestion.
Under the modified regulation, trucks and heavy vehicles with a gross capacity of more than 4,500 kilograms will not be allowed on major thoroughfares from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m, everyday except Sundays and holidays.
Trucks with perishable and agricultural cargo are exempted from the ban.
The total truck ban on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, from Magallanes, Makati City, to North Avenue in Quezon City shall remain in effect the whole day from Monday to Sunday.
In January the STC, through Resolution 01 Series of 2013, approved the extension of the modified truck ban in Metro Manila from January 7 to July 6.
“I am confident that the STC, through consultation with the private sector, government agencies and other stakeholders, will be able to formulate a permanent truck ban regulation for Metro Manila before January 5 next year,” Tolentino said.