September 25, 2017, 1:36 am
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MMDA eyes extension of ban on light trucks

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday implemented the ban on light trucks on EDSA and on Shaw boulevard, apprehending 377 violators .

Under the policy, trucks with a gross capacity weight of 4,500 kgs. and below will not be allowed to pass EDSA from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. (southbound leg) and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (northbound leg) and on Shaw boulevard for 24 hours from Monday to Saturday.

Thomas Orbos, MMDA general manager, said there is a need to regulate the light trucks on the roads since these contribute to traffic congestion in the metropolis.

Around 3,000 light trucks pass through EDSA daily.

The agency will be apprehending violators until June 15.

Orbos said the MMC might extend the light trucks ban if the implementation of the scheme will be successful in decongesting the highway. 

Motorists who were flagged down during the dry-run last week were reminded of the new scheme instead of paying P2,000. 

The MMDA would have collected P754,000 on the first day of the implementation of the scheme if the violators paid the P2,000 penalty. 

The agency, however, could not say the number of violators who paid the fine yesterday. 

Many violators do not pay the penalties such as the case of the MMDA’s anti-jaywalking program. 

The Metro Manila Council approved the regulation of light trucks on EDSA and Shaw boulevard last March 7 as part of efforts to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila. 

Apart from light trucks ban, the MMDA implements the motorcycle lane policy, anti-jaywalking, sidewalk clearing operations, illegal parking campaign, expanded number coding scheme, and closed door policy for buses to ease traffic flow on EDSA.
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