Truckers, Manila govt come to terms


After almost a month of bickerings, truckers and the city government of Manila have reached terms acceptable to both sides.

Vice Mayor Isko Moreno said the haulers will have to follow the daytime window from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Truckers were promised that their vehicles will not be towed, as this will cost them a P5,000 fine, from 12 midnight to 5 a.m.

“We retained the additional two hours, to give them more time,” Moreno said in a text message.

Abraham Rebao, a director of the Aduana Business Club, a group of truckers and brokers, said aside from the “no wrecker policy”, their request to allow both loaded and empty haulers during daytime window was granted.

“Vice Mayor Isko agreed to our requests. He will convene the City Council and will inform us of the effectivity,” Rebao told The Manila Times.

Meanwhile, truckers resumed their operations yesterday, plying the city streets at the daytime window.

The City Council earlier passed and approved an ordinance disallowing trucks to enter Manila streets from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The ordinance was supposed to take effect on February 10, but Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada moved the date to February 24.

Before February 24, Estrada revised the daytime window and added two hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

In protest, haulers declared a truck holiday, forcing several sectors, including Malacañang, to intervene, saying a truck holiday would stop movements of goods vital the country’s economy.


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