Manila truck ban lifted; special lane takes its place
MANILA, Philippines – No more truck ban in Manila.
Instead, there will be a 24-hour express lane for cargo trucks to allow them to go in and out of the Port of Manila along Roxas Boulevard through the cities of Manila, Pasay, and Parañaque.
This was announced by Malacañang Palace on Thursday, June 5, a solution agreed upon by Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, Manila and other local officials, port authorities, truckers’ representatives, and the business community.
In February, a ban, which was signed into an ordinance by Mayor Joseph Estrada, disallowed "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" to enter or pass through the city from 5 am to 9 pm, with a 10am to 3pm window.
Violators, as stipulated in Manila City Council Ordinance Number 8336, were fined P5,000 and faced possible impoundment.
The ban helped ease traffic but affected businesses, decreasing Customs revenues.
"It was agreed during the meeting that all concerned parties will work together to reduce the backlog in deliveries. Government is appealing to consignees of shipments to accept deliveries even during night time in order to clear the backlog," the statement from Communications Secretary Herminion Coloma read.
"We view the resolution of this ticklish issue as being essential to ensuring the smooth flow of goods that will support economic growth and progress," he said. – Rappler.com