At least three Metro Manila mayors on Wednesday called for a 15-day dry run to try out Manila’s truck ban.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino said he and the mayors sent their appeal to Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada Wednesday afternoon.
In a letter proposing the dry run, the Metro Manila Council-Special Traffic Committee (MMC STC) said the experimental period will enable stakeholders to make the necessary adjustments.
“It will also determine the effects of the truck ban ordinance in traffic, import and export industry, and other national economic aspects,” the letter read.
The letter was signed by Tolentino, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, the chairman of MMC STC, Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.
Before coming out with the proposal, Tolentino said the committee asked the stakeholders to come up with new truck ban regulations for MMC approval.
The council wanted the city of Manila not to arrest trucks plying the city’s streets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the 15-day grace period.
Manila on Monday implemented Ordinance No. 8336 that expanded the ban hours, but allowing trucks to use the city’s roads only from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Following talks with MMDA, the city government gave trucks a 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. window
Truckers rejected the window for being too small.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO