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Alternate routes for May 2-5 truck ban bared

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced the alternate routes for trucks covered by the temporary daytime truck ban from May 2 to 5.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said trucks can use the alternate routes from May 2 to 5, from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. This will be strictly implemented during the four-day Asian Development Bank (ADB) conference to be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Trucks coming from the North and South Harbors going to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) must take A. Bonifacio and R-10 then right at C3 (Capulong) then straight to Sgt. Rivera Avenue (5th Avenue), then left at A. Bonifacio Avenue to NLEX, and vice versa.

From May 2 to 5, the MMDA is enforcing a temporary total daytime truck ban to decongest Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares during the four-day ADB Board of Governors annual meeting.

Tolentino pledged to assist the trucking associations in minimizing the effects of the temporary total daytime truck ban, such as requesting that the Philippine Ports Authority waive demurrage fees and other charges, local government units to be lenient in imposing fines and penalties to trucks grounded by the daytime ban and the Department of Finance to allow round-the-clock operations of the Bureau of Customs and banking sector during the days leading up to the May 2-5 ban.

During the daytime truck ban, the MMDA will be suspending the implementation of its uniform truck ban, which is from 6 am to 9 am, and 5 pm and 9 pm, which is in effect during the weekdays.

MMDA will resume the enforcement of the original truck ban starting May 6.

Tolentino said the daytime truck ban covers all large cargo and delivery trucks as provided by MMDA Resolution No. 07-05 Series of 2007.

Trucks that haul perishable goods such as fruits, vegetables, seafoods, and ice, are exempted from the temporary daytime truck ban provided they will not pass through the routes to be used by ADB delegates.