MAKATI CITY, March 16 (PIA) – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to regulate light trucks along EDSA and the entire stretch of Shaw Boulevard starting next week.
This after the Metro Manila Council (MMC) has approved the resolution banning light trucks from plying the two major thoroughfares to improve the traffic situation. During the recent MMC meeting, the Metro Manila mayors gave the go-signal to MMDA to conduct the test run of the light trucks ban starting which started Wednesday (March 15) until Saturday, March 18.
Under the approved MMC resolution, trucks which have a gross capacity weight of 4,500 kgs. and below will not be allowed to pass EDSA and Shaw Boulevard from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said there is a necessity to regulate the light trucks on the roads which have also contributed significantly to traffic congestion in the metropolis.
“This is only one of the several measures that has been approved by the local executives during the meeting in an effort to further improve traffic condition in Metro Manila,” Orbos said.
Under the resolution, the uniform light truck ban will be enforced from Monday to Saturday except Sundays and holidays. Violators will be slapped with a P2,000 fine.
It added that light trucks carrying perishable goods are exempted but they still need to apply for exemption. Exempted from the ban are government and emergency vehicles such as firetrucks and ambulances.
Full implementation of the ban will start Monday, March 20 until June 15, 2017. (MMDA/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)