MMC asks Manila not to apprehend trucks for 15 days under the truck ban

February 26, 2014 6:42 am 

MANILA, Feb. 25 — The Special Traffic Committee of the Metro Manila Council (MMC), headed by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Tuesday appealed to the city government of Manila to implement the daytime truck ban without apprehension for 15 working days.

Metro Manila Council (MMC) is the policy making body of the the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

After the meeting held at MMDA headquarters in Makati City, Bautista asked the Manila City government not to apprehend trucks plying the Manila streets between 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

"Ang panawagan ay lahat ng mga nakastore na goods doon ay be brought out sa pier, para hindi maabala yung mga negosyo at kalakal. Tutal experimental naman, itetest na walang apprehension for 15 working days. Mukhang payag na sila — yung mga truckers — na wala na munang apprehension and we appeal to the former president (Joseph Estrada), to make some adjustments para mameasure natin yung time and that is the appeal of special traffic committee na kapag lumagpas sila sa window time, hulihin sila," Bautista explained.

Manila's daytime truck ban is from Mondays to Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a window period from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In the MMDA's modified truck ban, there is a window hour, between 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The proposal will allow trucks to use Manila roads, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. only for 15 working days.

Aside from Bautista, present in the meeting were MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, Pasay City Aayor Antonino Calixto, and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

For his part, Tolentino said they will send a letter for the proposal to Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

On Monday, tension marred Manila streets following the implementation of the daytime truck ban, which are being opposed by some 6,000 truckers operating in Manila. (PNA)

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