The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has officially announced the extension of the modified truck ban regulation in Metro Manila. The extension was approved by the Special Traffic Committee(STC) of the Metro Manila Council(MMC) via the issuance of Resolution Number 01 series of 2013, which will make the regulation effective until July 6, 2013.

The modified truck ban regulation will be effective for the entire duration of the extension unless earlier lifted upon the adoption of comprehensive truck ban regulations by the MMC and all concerned local government units of Metro Manila.

Chairman Francis Tolentino hailed the STC, headed by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, for this development. “This proves that the modified uniform truck ban was successful and improved the traffic situation in Metro Manila,” Tolentino said.

Under the modified regulation, truck ban hours will be from 6 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 10 pm everyday except Sundays and holidays.

In EDSA, from Magallanes Interchange to North Avenue, a 24-hour total truck ban will be imposed throughout the week, from Monday to Sunday.

Cargo trucks and heavy vehicles having a gross capacity weight of more than 4,500 kilograms are covered by this resolution, while trucks carrying perishable goods such as agricultural products shall continue to be exempted from the new truck ban resolution.

“We are optimistic that before the extension period ends, the MMC would have already come up with permanent truck ban regulation in all affected streets and major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, to complement various traffic improvement schemes being undertaken by the agency,” Tolentino said.