• Parañaque steps up own traffic ban


    Following the additional traffic schemes that will be implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the City Government of Parañaque has also stepped up the implementation of its own truck ban.

    Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said trucks are no longer allowed to ply through the city’s major streets. This “expansion,” he said, adds on a previous ordinance that regulated trucks inside the city but was “only being implemented on secondary roads.”

    Under the city’s expanded truck ban, trucks are not allowed to pass through Sucat Road, the East and West Service Roads of the South Luzon Expressway, Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Airport Road, and Quirino Avenue.

    The ban is effective from 6 to 9am and from 4 to 8pm, with a window from 9am to 4 pm, Mondays through Fridays.

    Those covered by the ban are 10-wheeler cargo trucks, trailer trucks, transit mixers, and those hauling sand and aggregates and other heavy payloads.

    Only six-wheeler trucks will be exempted from the ban “to allow logistics and cargo forwarding companies to move their cargoes to and from the airports and their warehouses anytime,” Olivarez said.

    With this directive, the mayor ordered the city’s traffic management office to remove illegal and ambulant vendors from all sidewalks as well as the strict enforcement of tricycle ban along the city’s main roads.

    He likewise reminded residents that the city government would tow vehicles illegally parked on the streets and main thoroughfares.

    The intensified truck ban, according to Olivarez, is a response to the worsening traffic congestion in Metro Manila and in preparation for the Manila leg of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

    The mayor said he wants to assure that delegates from the APEC summit will be able to go to their meetings on time, without experiencing the hassle of traffic jams.

    He added heavy traffic would be expected when the APEC summit begins on Sept. 16 as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and convention venues are located in the city.

    Eighty traffic enforcers, who recently underwent seminars, will be deployed to man the streets near NAIA and Entertainment City.

    “The full implementation of the truck ban is our response on the call of Malacañang to local government units to have immediate solution on the monstrous traffic problem in the metropolis,” Olivarez said.

    The mayor earlier ordered the opening of the interconnection of roads inside private subdivisions to serve as a “friendship route” in a bid to solve traffic gridlock in the city.

    The MMDA will also implement restrictions on provincial buses and truck ban in the metropolis starting Sept. 15 to ease traffic congestion.

    Provincial buses will no longer be allowed at Edsa underpasses, and will be confined to yellow lanes only.

    Trucks and heavy vehicles will be banned in all roads of Metro Manila from 6 to 10am and 5 to 10pm except Sundays and holidays.


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