Truckers, Manila govt come to terms

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Truckers and the Manila city government have ironed out their differences over the truck ban enforced in the city.
Vice Mayor Isko Moreno said on Thursday the truckers agreed to follow the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. window in which their trucks can freely operate.
In return, City Hall assured the truckers their vehicles will not be towed 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 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.
Truckers resumed their operations in Manila Thursday.
The city council approved an ordinance banning trucks from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The ordinance was supposed to take effect on Feb. 10, but Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada reset it to Feb. 24.
Estrada also widened the window, adding two hours to it.
But the truckers wanted the ban lifted altogether and declared a strike.

JAIME R. PILAPIL

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