• Truckers insist on unlimited use of roads


    Truckers’ groups seem to have lost their unity as some haulers on Sunday said they will operate during the window hours set by Manila City Hall while others insisted on using roads on a 24-hour basis.

    Abraham Rebao, a director of the Aduana Business Club, an organization of truck owners and brokers based in Binondo, Manila, said his group will meet today to decide if they will continue with their strike that crippled operations in Manila ports.

    There are around 800 owners of trucking companies doing business at Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), South Harbor and North Harbor Terminals.

    The other group of haulers are the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines and the Alliance of Concerned Truck Owners and Organizations.

    As far as Manila city hall is concerned, trucks are allowed to use the usual route in the city from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    “We will implement this religiously,” said Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, who was personally tapped by Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada to monitor and supervise the truck window hours.

    Haulers are demanding a 24-hour access to Manila City roads, saying that is the only way to decongest traffic.

    On February 24, the Manila city hall implemented a revised truck window hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., junking its earlier ordinance-approved truck ban from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. On February 27, upon the intervention of government agencies, the window hour was modified to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Truckers resumed operations on February 28 after the MICT and Manila ports complained that the pile-up containers had reached critical level.


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    1. A very simple question, those 3 days when no trucks left the dockyards did that ease congestion or was it just the same as usual. If it was just the same as usual then it shows it isnt the trucks causing the congestion. When i see the nightly news & they show the roads in metro manil totaly clogged up i see millions of cars. Its the cars what is the problem. You need to find a way to remove most of the cars from the roads. Now every single car driver could catch public transport of one form or another. Freight has ( mostly ) to be moved by road. It has to, there is no option & if you create barriers to move goods around it will end in price rises for truckers & that will work its way down to the consumer. Thats what will happen. But these peiople are reluctant to address the true problem as they like most others want to keep using their car & not public transport. Thats the problem