As vehicular traffic continues to hamper productivity in the metropolis, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has increased its efforts in reducing the number of vehicles on the road to ease the congestion.

The MMDA has indefinitely suspended the truck ban conduct passes it has issued and is calling on all trucking companies and operators to strictly observe the truck ban routes and window hours.

However, trucks operating under the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS) and trucks carrying perishable and agricultural cargo will not be covered by the truck ban. (TABS is an advanced booking scheme for trucks which transport goods in and outside the port of Manila)

Aside from trucks, exemptions granted to private vehicles, which are under the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number-coding system, will also be reviewed.

I-ACT, a cooperation of Department of Transportation, with member agencies including the MMDA, Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group, Land Transportation Office and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, will be conducting the assessment to determine which vehicles deserve to be ‘exempted’, especially from the UVVRP.