The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that it will be reimplementing the truck ban policy. This comes after the government’s announcement that the NCR plus area will be put back into General Community Quarantine (GCQ) but with a few more restrictions. With quarantine restrictions lightened expect to see more vehicles on the road along with more trucks as well.
That said, with the reimplementation of the truck ban, these vehicles are now restricted from traveling along major thoroughfares that are under the MMDA’s jurisdiction. This means that trucks will not able to travel on the road between 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Saturday. Trucks are, however, still allowed to traverse these routes on Sundays and on holidays as well. Trucks that are carrying perishable goods or agricultural products are exempt from the ban. The government agency wants to also remind truckers that those who do not follow the truck ban will face a hefty P2,000 fine along with other violations that they might accumulate.
The MMDA also wants to reiterate that trucks are still banned from entering the EDSA Magallanes Interchange to the North Avenue area as well as through Roxas Boulevard. Aside from this, the government agency would also like to remind the public that the number coding scheme is still suspended until further notice. This was done in order to help with the transportation needs of the public amidst the still ongoing pandemic. public transportation is still currently operating under limited capacity due to health and safety concerns.
With the truck ban back in action, truckers and logistic companies will need to check and replan their delivery schedules in order to meet the window hours. Expect to also encounter traffic during peak trucking hours as a higher amount of these vehicles will likely be on the road during these times.