By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
Starting on Monday, March 20, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) imposes P2,000 fine on violators of the light trucks ban during rush hours along Epifanio delos Santos (EDSA) Avenue and Shaw Boulevard.
Under the uniform light truck ban policy, trucks which have a gross capacity weight of 4,500 kilograms and below are banned from traversing EDSA-southbound from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to relieve traffic during morning rush hours and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on EDSA’s northbound when most people are going home. It covers the stretch from Magallanes to North Avenue.
On Shaw Boulevard, light trucks are banned to ply on both directions during rush hour morning, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and rush hour afternoon, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Prior to enforcement, the MMDA conducted a three-day trial run wherein drivers were only received warning from traffic enforcers
MMDA chairman officer-in-charge Tim Orbos said light trucks carrying perishable goods are exempted from the policy but they still need to apply for exemption.
“Applicants must secure a certification from the Department of Agriculture and vehicles’ official receipt and certificate of registration,” said Orbos.
Also exempted from the light trucks ban are government and emergency vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances.
The uniform light trucks ban will be enforced from Monday to Saturday except Sundays and holidays until June 15.
Orbos said there is a necessity to regulate around 3,200 light trucks on the roads which have also contributed significantly to traffic congestion in the metropolis.