Roxas Boulevard opens inner lane to haulers

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Northbound and southbound haulers can pass Roxas Boulevard day and night starting Friday, May 30, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno said.

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Calling it the ExpressTrade Lane, Moreno said the new traffic route designed for truckers will hasten the loading and unloading of containers from the two ports in Manila.

But Moreno clarified that truckers can only use the inner lane so as not to inconvenience motorists.

Still, truckers said the new scheme will not help south-bound heavy trucks because of the truckban imposed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Abraham Rebao, a director of the Aduana Business Club of truckers and brokers based in Binondo, said the MMDA truckban was effective from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Truckers’ groups have been calling for 24-hour access to Manila roads.

The Manila city council had passed an ordinance disallowing a daytime window. Haulers protested and Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada allowed a daytime window from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In designated Manila roads, truckers can only pass during the daytime window.

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