Trucks and big rigs will still be able to ply along major roads without the usual restrictions in Metro Manila until next week. This comes after the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that the truck ban is lifted until May 14, 2021.
The MMDA said that the decision to suspend the truck ban until May 4 would ‘ensure the unhampered movement of essential goods’ amid the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila. Just last week, the government decided to extend the MECQ in NCR Plus. With it, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite will continue to be under relatively strict quarantine measures.
With the truck ban still lifted, trucks will continue to be allowed to travel along national roads and major thoroughfares that are under the MMDA’s jurisdiction. This also means that trucks will not have to follow the truck ban hours that span from 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM, and from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM. The MMDA reiterated that trucks are still banned from entering EDSA.
Initially, the MMDA brought back the truck ban last Dec 14, 2020, just before the holiday rush. However, they had to suspend the truck ban anew back in March 29, 2021, when NCR Plus was put under MECQ. It has since been extended several times, with the new extension set to last next week.
Will the suspension of the truck ban officially come to a stop after May 14 next week? That will depend on whether the government decides to put NCR Plus into the more relaxed General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
To know more about which roads trucks are banned from entering during truck ban hours, you can check our complete guide about the Metro Manila Truck Ban Ordinance.