City-wide truck ban in Manila starts February

Bea Cupin
More than 4,000 buses traverse the Philippine capital on a daily basis

NO TRUCKS. A new ordinance will ban trucks from entering the city of Manila from 5 am to 9 pm. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Truck owners and operators will have to rethink routes that traverse the city of Manila soon, as the local government is set to implement a city-wide ban on trucks as early as Monday, February 10.

The ban, which was signed into law by Mayor Joseph Estrada on Wednesday, February 5, covers “cargo trucks, gravel and sand trucks, cement mixers and other heavy cargo trucks with 8 wheels and up or whose gross vehicle weights exceed 4,500 kilograms.” More than 4,000 buses enter and traverse the Philippine capital on a daily basis, according to Vice Mayor Isko Moreno. 

Trucks cannot enter or pass through the city from 5 am to 9 pm. Violators, as stipulated in Manila City Council Ordinance Number 8336, will be fined P5,000 along with possible impoundment.

Trucks will be allowed to traverse only designated “truck routes” from 9 pm to 5 am, except Sundays and holidays.

In a phone interview with Rappler, Moreno said the planned implementation on February 10 may still be moved following “feelers” from truck owners and operators.

Pinag-aaralan namin kung pwede i-delay, to give them a few more days to inform the companies they serve,” said Moreno. The truck ban, said the vice mayor, would definitely be implemented within the month of February. (We’re checking to see if we should delay the implementation.)

Truck routes, exemptions

Trucks are also restricted to designated “truck routes” inside the city from 9 pm to 5 am. The following routes will be followed:

Southern truck route

  • From Port Area to Roxas Boulevard (two lanes) to destination and vice versa (South Pier)
  • From Port Area to Road 10 to Roxas Boulevard (two lanes) to destination and vice versa (North Pier)

Northern truck route

  • From Port Area to North Diversion Road 
  • From Pier Zone travelling along Road 10 to destination 
  • From North Diversion to Port Area 
  • From A. Bonifacio Street right C-3 left Road 10 to Pier zone

Trucks that deliver construction materials to areas not along designated routes may pass through Manila’s streets if they secure a permit from the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau.

Trucks that deliver perishable goods, oil tankers, or trucks used for government projects can also pass through even during restricted hours, as long as they pass through designated truck routes and “post visibly the words ‘perishable goods’ or ‘government projects’ on their windshields.”

Moreno said the city would soon pass legislation to regulate jeepneys and Public Utility Vehicles inside Manila. In June last year, the city government made waves when it implemented a ban on buses without terminals inside the city. –

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.