Everything You Need to Know About Metro Manila Truck Ban
Trucks have been always on the main roads. Everyday, various trucks rushing on lanes with other cars and carrying massive loads on their backs is a common sight. Many businesses invest on trucking services because this is the means of transport that they can rely on when delivering tons of goods to far distances. However, no matter how convenient these enormous vehicles are to the lives of people, it’s undeniable that they eat much space on the road, contributing to traffic jams in highly-urbanized cities.
Seeing this as a culprit to traffic congestion, the authorities have decided to ban trucks from travelling on certain roads within specified hours. The goal of this truck ban in Metro Manila is to ease the traffic woes in the metropolitan area. Nevertheless, this move caused criticisms from businesses to arise which led to series of suspensions, modifications, and re-implementation of the truck ban.
As of now, the Metro Manila Truck Ban is still in effect until another resolution is made, and it’s important that people, especially businesses, understand the law. Here’s a run-down of everything you need to know about the truck ban in Metro Manila.
Background of Metro Manila Truck Ban
Metro Manila Truck Ban during the late 1970s
It was August of the late 1970’s when the then Metropolitan Manila Authority (MMA) first implemented the truck ban in Metro Manila to reduce the worsening traffic condition in the metropolis. This applied to cargo trucks, with gross vehicular weight (GVW) of more than 4,000 kilograms, prohibiting them to travel along eleven major routes in Metro Manila. Since then, the truck ban had gone through multiple adjustments over the years when necessary to suit certain circumstances in the area.
Metro Manila Truck Ban in the Previous Years
In the last few years, the truck ban has attracted criticisms from businesses and economists. In Manila City, Mayor Joseph Estrada put a truck ban in effect, prohibiting trucks to ply along the main streets of the city all day except within 10am-3pm.
Months later, an economist from Citigroup in 2014 warned that Philippine economy could lose P61.2 billion to P320 billion because of the truck ban. Many major business groups and foreign chambers have also called to lift the truck ban in the capital city. Aside from the impacts to economy, the authorities saw a congestion of ports in Manila.
As a response to this, Metro Manila Council-Special Traffic Committee had allowed trucks to use specific roads all day and night from June to December 2014 to decongest the Manila ports.
In the last quarter of 2015, the truck ban was again implemented in the Metro but revised for few adjustments, sticking to the aim of reducing the traffic jams on major roads.
MMDA Resolution No. 3, s. 2015
Metro Manila Council – Special Traffic Committee approved a resolution to reimplement the uniform truck regulation in Metro Manila except in northern truck route. This is the present truck ban effective today until further notice.
Trucks are not allowed to travel on Metro roads specifically from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. everyday except Sundays and holidays.
From Port Area to North Diversion Road
Option 1: From Pier Zone, traveling northward along R-10, turn right Capulong towards Tayuman, straight ahead towards Governor Forbes, left on Maria Clara, left on Dimasalang, right on Blumentritt, left on A. Bonifacio and find their way to the north.
Note: The route is subject to ongoing construction of the Blumentritt Interceptor. The DPWH project will render Blumentritt impassable to trucks, subsequent to the passage of this Resolution.
Option 2: From the Port of Manila go straight to R-10, turn right at C-3, left on A. Bonifacio Avenue to NLEX and to destination.
From North Diversion Road to Port Area
Take Balintawak, straight to A. Bonifacio Avenue, turn right at 5th Avenue/C-3 (east side), turn right at 5th Street, left at 7th Avenue, left at Baltazar Street, right at 5th Avenue C-3 (west Side) then left at R-10 to destination.
Note: The route “From the north and travelling southward along A. Bonifacio Avenue right Blumentritt, left Aurora Boulevard, right Dimasalang, right Aragon Street, right Governor Forbes towards Tayuman and Capulong, left R-10 to the Pier Zone” is not passable at present due to ongoing construction on Blumentritt.
The said truck ban exempts the cargo trucks loaded with perishable and agricultural cargo, as well as the trucks registered under Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS). TABS is an electronic platform used to book containers at Manila South Harbor and MICT which mainly aims to reduce trucks during traffic peak hours without making a negative impact to the number of exports and imports passing through the ports. The exemption regarding TABS is to encourage truckers to enroll themselves to the said platform.
Penalties for Non-Compliance
Those who will violate the truck ban rules shall pay the fine of Php2,000. Three times of non-compliance by the driver would result to one (1) year suspension of his driver’s license.
The Metro Manila Truck Ban aims to support businesses without impeding a smooth flow of traffic. Know its rules and restrictions to be able to do your part in promoting safety and convenience for everyone.
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