The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has extended the suspension of its truck ban until further notice. Originally, it was only supposed to be suspended until September 7, 2021, though it was followed by an extension in order to keep the movement of cargo and delivery of essential goods unimpeded.
According to the government agency, the suspension of the truck ban will cover major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. Though it was stated that the extension will still not apply the entire length of EDSA, as a total truck ban will still be enforced from Magallanes Interchange in Makati City up to North Avenue in Quezon City.
The main reason behind the lifting of the truck ban was to ensure the constant flow of goods, into and out of Metro Manila. Quite obvious that this tactic was mainly done for the sake of the majority, as several quarantine protocols are affecting the supply of our basic goods.
MMDA’s truck ban restricts large trucks, including 10-wheeler wing vans from driving on certain roads. This ordinance usually maintains the flow of trucks on the roads, because aside from the supposed build-up of traffic, these trucks might also cause potential accidents or rather hinder the safety of most local motorists. Plus, it also gives them a window to traverse the roads without impeding during rush hour. The timing of this ordinance usually goes around from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and between 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
With the suspension of these rules, traffic may soon build up in some select areas as our truck friends might have an unplanned meeting on the road. On the bright side, the constant transportation of goods will definitely commence. Making us, people who are in quarantine, able to easily acquire those basic goods. With that said, let’s all be extra careful as larger trucks are set to invade major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.