Manila Government Eyes ‘Truck Scheduling’ After Lifting Truck Ban

Published: September 17, 2014 | Updated: December 12, 2019 | Posted by: Moneymax | Government Services

Truck Ban
After lifting the controversial truck ban, the city council is studying another measure to regulate the travel of truckers in the city. According to Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, the new policy would entail ‘truck scheduling’ in the city. As to when, Moreno said, “Soon.”
Under the ‘truck scheduling’ scheme, only truckers with appropriate clearances and permits will be able to go to the port area. The current situation is that some truckers go to the Manila port even if their clearances had yet to be released, thus cause unnecessary traffic volume in the city.
“Gusto ko pong linawin, ‘yun pong mga nakikita ninyong truck sa pier ngayon, hindi po lahat ‘yan may customer. Alam niyo hinihintay nila, nagbabakasakali sila na baka tawagan sila ng brokerage [firm],” he said, adding that truckers would wait up to five hours before leaving the port.
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada indefinitely lifts the day-time truck ban (Executive Order 67) during a press conference on Saturday, September 13. This is to ease the worsening traffic in the Metro, port congestion problem and among other concerns.
While the ordinance got mixed reactions from motorists, agriculture sector and trucker groups, the implementation has benefited residents, students, employees, and commuters. However, Estrada said he decided to lift the truck ban to give the national government leeway in implementing a solution to decongest the port area. And also, granting the request of the business sector, particularly the truckers, for a moratorium on the truck ban to help solve the problem of congestion in Manila’s ports.
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