MANILA—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to conduct a dry run on the regulation of light trucks along EDSA and Shaw Boulevard from March 15 until June 15, 2017, after its approval by its policymaking body the Metro Manila Council (which consists of 17 mayors in Metro Manila.
The resolution of the MMC states that trucks which have a gross capacity weight of 4,500 kilograms and below will not be allowed to traverse EDSA and Shaw Boulevard from 6a.m. to 10a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10p.m.
The uniform light truck ban will be enforced from Monday to Saturday except Sundays and holidays.
A PHP 2,000 fine will be imposed to violators of the truck ban.
According to the resolution, light trucks may apply for exemption. Also exempted from the light trucks ban are government and emergency vehicles such as firetrucks and ambulances.
MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos explained that regulating light trucks is necessary to further improve traffic condition in the metropolis.
“This is only one of the several measures that has been approved by the local executives during the meeting in an effort to further improve traffic condition in Metro Manila, “ Orbos said in a statement.
Among other initiatives to be implemented by the MMDA include the transfer of the Southwest Integrated Bus Terminal and the expansion of Roxas Boulevard and Baclaran for northbound vehicles through removal of illegal terminals and clearing of illegally parked vehicles for motorists to use additional lanes along the service road.