INSPIRED by the seeming success of the City of Manila to impose a truck ban, Parañaque City came up with its own truck ban, but in selected roads only.
City Administrator Fernando Soriano explained that the truck ban is not a new idea but is based on several ordinances passed during the previous administrations.
He said City Ordinance 03-12, series of 2003 prohibits the entry of all trucks weighing five tons and above, along Doña Soledad Avenue and Doña Soledad Avenue Extension in Barangay Don Bosco from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Besides Ordinance 03-12, the Traffic Management Office (TMO) has also started implementing City Ordinance 99-14, series of 1999, which imposes a 24-hour truck ban along France, Michael Rua, Iran, Japan, and Dominic Savio Streets, all in Barangay Don Bosco.
City Ordinance 99-14 also imposes a 24-hour truck ban along Sta. Magdalena, President Quirino and President Aguinaldo Streets, all in Barangay San Antonio.
Based on the ordinance, trucks, buses, tankers, trailers and similar type of vehicles weighing five tons and above are prohibited from the said roads from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 a.m. While the window hour is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The same ordinance was cited for the truck ban along Rodriguez Street and Fast Track Street, both in Barangay Moonwalk during the same time period.
Both ordinances were authored by former Councilor Generoso Puzon and were passed during the administration of former Mayor Joey Marquez.
On January 22, Barangay Don Bosco also passed a barangay ordinance totally banning cargo trucks and other heavy vehicles weighing 4.5 tons and above along Doña Soledad Avenue and Doña Soledad Avenue Extension, Dominic Savio, Japan, Michael Rua and France Streets, citing City Ordinance 03-12 series of 2003 as basis.
Soriano said the implementation of the truck ban went smoothly since no complaint was filed against it by the truckers and stakeholders.
“We talked with the stakeholders during the proceedings and they did not object since the implementation of truck ban is only limited,” he told a television interview.
The city’s TMO has already put up billboards in strategic areas along the affected roads announcing the strict enforcement of the truck ban effective February 1.