Truckers request for truck lanes, more holding areas


Posted at Feb 24 2014 12:29 PM | Updated as of Feb 24 2014 08:29 PM

MANILA - Amidst the daytime truck ban in force in the city of Manila, various truck groups are requesting for dedicated truck lanes and additional holding areas.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino said different groups have requested for truck lanes but these must be multi-purpose to avoid congestion in main roads.

"They're asking for truck lanes... It has to be a multi-purpose truck lane [like] the motorcycle lanes that can be utilized by private vehicles as well," he said in an interview on "[email protected]"

According to Tolentino, there have been truck lanes allocated since 1978 but due to the volume of trucks coming in Metro Manila, they cannot be used solely for trucks.

"There are thousands of trucks entering Metro Manila. [If] we start to position [the truck lane] at the end of Balintawak, we can end up past Pampanga. So I think that the truck lane cannot be a dedicated truck lane," he said.

Additional holding areas were also requested, but the MMDA has yet to get more details on how this can be implemented.

When asked about the local government of Manila's current position on the implemented daytime truck ban, Tolentino said that they were cooperative and open to discussion.

"The good thing about is that the City of Manila is willing to discuss [it's] not just a sign of good will but a sign of cooperation."

Although the city of Manila has some reservations on the window time for the trucks, Tolentino said that this daytime truck ban was implemented to ease traffic in the city.

"They're actually for 24 hours now...I think they should realize that this concerns not just their industry but they should likewise realize that they should [cooperate] despite the backtrack of all our infrastructure projects. This can be positively seen as a traffic mitigation measure."