The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that it will resume the ban on light trucks along EDSA and Shaw Boulevard starting on May 24, 2021, Monday.
According to the MMDA, “The uniform light trucks ban shall be enforced from Monday to Saturday except for Sundays and holidays. A violation of the regulation carries a P2,000 fine.” Based on the government agency’s advisory, they are to prohibit trucks with a gross capacity weight of 4,500 kg to roam around Magallanes, Makati City until North Avenue, Quezon City, vice versa, from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Moreover, light trucks are not allowed to traverse on Shaw Boulevard from Mandaluyong City to Pasig City between 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Along with this, the MMDA also resumed the truck ban last May 17, which means these vehicles are now restricted from traveling along major thoroughfares between 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Saturday. During Sundays, trucks can still roam around the following areas under the MMDA’s jurisdiction. A special exemption from the ban applies to those trucks that are carrying perishable goods or agricultural products. Likewise, those who will not conform to the truck ban policy will then be subjected to a P2,000 fine along with other violations that they might accumulate.
The MMDA also announced that the number coding scheme is still suspended in Metro Manila except for Makati City which is left to conform with its modified number coding scheme. Currently, the Philippines is under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions that should run until the end of May.
Again, the light truck ban policies will be reimposed on May 24, therefore, operators should check or perhaps replan their delivery schedules in order to meet the window hours.