The drive to reduce congestion in Metro Manila continues in earnest as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) started the strict implementation of the light truck ban during rush hours today.

To improve vehicular traffic flow, the MMDA wishes to reduce the number of light trucks plying major roads, which stands at 3,200 at the moment.

Despite the late implementation and early information dissemination to ensure that the policy will be known to all, 450 light trucks were still caught in violation of the new rule.

The new policy indicates that trucks with a gross capacity weight of 4,500 kilograms and below will not be allowed along EDSA southbound during the rush hours of 6AM to 10AM and EDSA northbound between 5PM to 10PM, while Shaw Boulevard both ways is off-limits from 6AM to 10AM and 5PM to 10PM.

A fine of Php 2,000 will be levied on violators of the ban. Light trucks carrying perishable goods may apply for exemption by securing a certification from the Department of Agriculture while government and emergency vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances are exempted from the policy.

The uniform light truck ban will be enforced from Mondays to Saturdays except Sundays and holidays until June 15, 2017.