Ban on cargo trucks, other heavy vehicles on Manila streets from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. set on Feb. 24

February 7, 2014 6:29 am 

MANILA, Feb. 6 -– The prohibition on cargo trucks and other heavy vehicles such as gravel and sand trucks, cement mixers and other vehicles with eight wheels and up from using major Manila streets will be implemented on Feb. 24 instead of Feb. 10.

Mayor Joseph Estrada has said the banning of these heavy vehicles from the city streets during the regulated hours, except Sundays and holidays, would address traffic congestion in Manila and benefit students and workers.

Estrada signed City Ordinance No. 7570 amending certain provisions of Ordinance No. 8092, otherwise known as the “Traffic Management Code of the City of Manila.”

The authors of the new city ordinance, including Councilors Manuel Zarcal, Joel Chua, Ernesto Isip, Jocelyn Quintos, and Marlon Lacson, attended its signing at the City Hall Wednesday.

Instead of Feb. 10 as earlier reported, the ordinance would take effect on Feb. 24 or 15 days after publication.

The mayor said that students and office workers would no longer be late in their classes and places of work, respectively, with the implementation of the ban on cargo trucks, aside from reducing the number of vehicular accidents often involving these heavy vehicles.

Under the ordinance, cargo trucks, gravel and sand trucks, cement mixers and other heavy vehicles with eight wheels and up or whose gross vehicle weights exceed 4,500 kilograms, including tractor trailers or containerized haulers, will only be allowed to travel on major city streets with two or more lanes specified as truck routes.

On the other hand, exempted from the ban are refrigerated truck haulers of perishable goods, oil tankers and vehicles used in government projects, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno said.

Moreno clarified that all trucks covered by the exemption shall not be allowed to pass through Roxas Blvd. during the said regulated hours.

Moreno said that with the implementation of the ordinance, only about 200 exempted heavy vehicles would be allowed to use major city streets during the 5 a.m.-9 p.m. regulated hours. This number compares with the estimated 4,000 cargo trucks traversing Manila streets daily.

Moreno also clarified that vehicles such as Elf trucks and those with less than eight wheels carrying construction materials like gravel and sand can still use city streets.

Violators of the ordinance shall be penalized with a fine of P5,000 pesos or the subject motor vehicles shall be impounded. (PNA)

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