MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is blaming the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for the traffic jams in C5-Katipunan area.
In a statement, the MMDA said LTFRB's no apprehension policy for trucks-for-hire with green plates is causing heavy traffic in the area near Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College.
The MMDA said it observed a significant increase in the volume of trucks passing through Katipunan Avenue (in front of Ateneo Gate 3) when the LTFRB lifted the truck ban last July 25, 2014.
The MMDA said on that day, 14,380 trucks passed through Katipunan, higher than the 7,959 trucks that used the road on the same date last year.
"Our records only justify that vehicular bottleneck along Katipunan Avenue is the adverse effect of the new truck issuance of the LTFRB," MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said.
"The current move of the LTFRB will not only exacerbate the already worse traffic situation in the metropolis."
Tolentino said the MMDA is willing to discuss this matter with LTFRB officials and Metro Manila mayors.
Recently, the LTFRB said it has extended the policy for another 30 days, or until August 29, to give operators more time to apply for a provisional authority to travel.
The LTFRB said the business sector and TH freight owners have requested them to extend the policy due to the substantial number of applicants who have yet to complete their application for provisional authority.