Haulers consider truck holiday


Truck owners are considering a truck holiday to pressure the Manila City government into easing the modified truck ban that goes in force today.

Abraham Rebao, director of Aduana Business Club, the group of truck owners and brokers, said their group will have a special meeting Monday to determine whether to implement the truck holiday.
Aduana members have decided not to seek a court order to stop the ban and instead look at other options.
Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno said the city government has already eased the ban by giving the truckers a five-hour window within which to ply the city’s roads.
Last week, Mayor Joeeph Ejercito Estrada decided to allow trucks to enter Manila from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Estrada made the decision after meeting with representatives from Philippine Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Commission on Human Rights and neighboring local governments.
The city council had passed an ordinance banning heavy trucks from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
MMDA already has 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. unified truck ban.
Rebao said haulers are not happy with the 5-hour window, and want 24-hour use of Metro Manila roads.



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