Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted December 11, 2013 08:23
Expecting a 20% increase in volume of vehicles, the MMDA is implementing stricter measures
With vehicles from out-of-town adding to the already huge volume of vehicles in Metro Manila during the holiday season, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is taking extra steps to help alleviate the worsening traffic congestion.
The MMDA and the Confederation of Truckers’ Association of the Philippines have agreed to implement a Total Daytime Truck Ban from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting December 13 until 20.
Roads covered by the Total Daytime Truck Ban include Marcos Highway, Aurora Boulevard, Katipunan, Commonwealth, C5, Quezon Boulevard, among others.
Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), on the other hand, from Magallanes, Makati City to North Avenue in Quezon City will still follow the 24 hour Total Truck Ban from Monday to Sunday.
In the interest of maintaining the flow of trade and commerce, trucks can take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to Pier and vice versa via South Superhighway; and from North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to Pier and vice versa via A. Bonifacio Avenue on window hours from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) earlier announced a moratorium on all road repairs and excavations starting December 13 until midnight of January 6, 2014.
To prevent additional stress on vehicular traffic, the MMDA has also put on hold all fun runs, biking events and related activities starting December 16 until January 6, 2014.