THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), as part of the unified efforts of the Inter-Agency Committee on Traffic, yesterday reiterated that the total truck ban along EDSA is still in effect and there are no window hours being implemented.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said the truck ban along EDSA, from Magallanes Interchange in Makati City to North Avenue in Quezon City, is still being enforced 24 hours from Monday to Sunday.
Orbos stressed that the EDSA total truck ban is being imposed by virtue of the Special Traffic Committee Resolution Number 03, series of 2015, approved by the Metro Manila Council.
As stated in the resolution, total ban on trucks and heavy vehicles, regardless of weight, shall still be applicable and observed on EDSA and on the three central business districts, namely Ortigas, Makati and Bonifacio Global City.
“It is clear that there are no window hours for trucks passing through EDSA. I hope this dispels confusion among truck drivers,” Orbos said.
Under existing rules, truck ban hours in Metro Manila is from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Trucks with perishable and agricultural cargo, however, shall be exempted from the truck ban.
Violators would pay a fine of P2,000 and the license of a driver apprehended three times would be recommended for a year’s suspension.
The ban covers trailer trucks, stake trucks, dump trucks, cement trucks/mixers, long bed trucks, wing vans, closed vans, panel trucks and other similar vehicles.
The MMDA is also doing an inventory of all previously issued exemptions from the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number coding scheme, subject for review and evaluation.