DESPITE the lifting of the truck ban in Manila and the rest of metropolis, trucks are still not allowed on the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA).
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) clarified that Memorandum Circular 04 of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) suspends truck ban hours in Metro Manila from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. only in some routes.
The memorandum does not apply to EDSA where a total truck ban is still imposed, the MMDA said. Trucks are also banned from C-5, Katipunan and Commonwealth Avenues and certain other routes.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino issued the clarification to dispel any confusion that may be caused by a similar eight-day moratorium on the modified truck ban declared by the city of Manila among private port operators and truck drivers.
Both Manila and the MMC ordered the lifting of the truck ban in preparation for the 23rd World Economic Forum from May 21 to 23.
The MMDA chief said the truck ban is temporarily suspended in the South Truck Route from Port Area to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX): Bonifacion Drive, turn left to P. Burgos, Finance Road, Ayala Boulevard, turn right to San Marcelino, turn left to UN Avenue, turn right to Plaza Dilao, turn right to Pres. Quirino Extension and turn left to Osmeña Highway.
The suspension likewise applies from SLEX to Port Area: from SLEX turn right to Pres. Quirino, turn left to Plaza Dilao, turn left to United Nations, turn right to Romualdez Street, turn left to Ayala Blvd., P. Burgos, turn right Bonifacio Drive to destination.
The ban is also suspended in the North Truck Route from Port Area to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX): from Bonifacio Drive turn right to C-3, turn left to A. Bonifacio to NLEX or destination.
Motorists from NLEX to Port Area coming from Balintawak may head to A. Bonifacio, turn right to C-3, turn left to R-10 to destination.
The ban is lifted on the Roxas Boulevard Truck Route from Port Area to Cavitex (Southbound only): from Pier take R-10 straight ahead to Roxas Boulevard to Cavitex.