As the cool breeze of the holiday season approaches, warm up to the fact that ‘colorum’ trucks will keep you company on the road until early January of next year.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced that, as per the directive of President Aquino’s Cabinet Cluster, it will continue to accept new applications for a provisional authority (PA) from truck owners who are still waiting for franchise approval.  This will allow them access to Manila ports until January 15, 2015.

This, in effect, will give about 5,000 truck port users access to the roads of Metro Manila while their franchise is still pending with the agency.

The decision was made based on the anticipated massive volume of cargo that will come in during the holiday season and to prevent financial losses like the Php 450 billion lost revenue between February and July 2014 caused by the exacerbated truck ban by the City of Manila early this year.

Despite the latitude, the LTFRB warns truck drivers that they must strictly follow the rules and regulations set by the cities they go through in their routes and the MMDA as well.

“After a careful study of the port situation and in consideration of the plight of truck port users as well as the possible economic impact on our local agri-business sector and consumers, we will comply with the directive of the Cabinet Cluster.  We support the national government’s recommendation to extend the issuance of PAs to truck port users to ensure sufficiency and availability of cargo trucks to decongest the Port of Manila,” said LTFRB Chair Winston Ginez.