MANILA –The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has apprehended a total of 1,234 violators of the light truck ban policy along EDSA and Shaw Blvd. during the first week of its implementation on March 20-24.
The initiative seeks to regulate light trucks plying the major thoroughfares that contribute to traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
Trucks with a gross capacity weight of 4,500 kg. and below are not allowed to travel EDSA southbound from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. northbound covering the stretch from Magallanes to North Ave.
Light trucks are also banned from Shaw Blvd. from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The MMDA imposes a fine of PHP2,000 to violators of the light truck ban policy.
Government and emergency vehicles, such as fire trucks and ambulances, are exempted from the policy while light trucks carrying perishable goods may apply for exemption by securing a certification from the Department of Agriculture.
The light truck ban is enforced from Mondays to Saturdays, excluding Sundays and holidays, until June 15.