MANILA -- The city government of Manila will implement a daytime truck ban starting February 10, Monday, to ease traffic congestion.
The ordinance prohibiting daytime truck travel on the streets of Manila was signed by Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada on Wednesday.
Under resolution no. 7570, eight-wheel trucks with a gross weight of above 4,500 kilograms will only be allowed on city streets from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day except on Saturdays and Sundays.
Gravel and sand trucks, cargo trucks, cement mixers, sand tractor trailers and containerized trucks are included in the travel ban.
Meanwhile, refrigerated haulers carrying perishable goods, oil tankers, and trucks used for government projects are exempted from the ban.
But these will have to get permits from the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) before they will be allowed to pass through the city streets.
Manila has designated alternate routes -- Roxas Boulevard and R-10 -- for trucks coming from and going to the pier.
Trucks caught violating the ordinance will be meted a P5,000 fine. The trucks may also be impounded. -- Report from Noel Alamar, dzMM