THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday extended the implementation of the modified uniform truck ban regulation in the metropolis.
The Special Traffic Committee (STC) of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) headed by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista issued Resolution Number 03 Series of 2013 approving the extension of the modified uniform truck ban for a period of another six months.
The extension will take effect from July 6 to January 5, 2014, unless earlier revoked.
Under the new guidelines, the STC will have to formulate a permanent Metro Manila truck regulation within sixty (60) days.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the extension would give the STC adequate time to address all issues concerning the proposed implementation of a total daytime truck ban in Metro Manila to alleviate traffic congestion.
Under the modified regulation, trucks and heavy vehicles with a gross capacity weight of more than 4,500 kilograms are not allowed on major thoroughfares from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. everyday except Sundays and holidays.
Trucks with perishable and agricultural cargo shall be exempted from the truck ban.
The total truck ban in EDSA from Magallanes, Makati City to North Avenue in Quezon City shall remain in effect the whole day from Monday to Sunday.
In January, the STC, through Resolution Number 01 Series of 2013, approved the extension of the modified truck ban in Metro Manila from January 7 to July 6.
“I am confident that the STC, through consultation with the private sector, government agencies, and other stakeholders, will be able to craft and formulate a permanent truck ban regulations for Metro Manila before January 5 next year,” Tolentino said.
Ritchie A. Horario