Truckers set holiday over phaseout
Truckers will go on holiday for 6 days next week to protest the phaseout of 15-year-old trucks, a group leader said Thursday.
Only 20 percent of trucks nationwide will remain operational if the policy is not modified, said Mary Zapata, president of the Aduana Business Club Inc.
Authorities should ban trucks based on their road worthiness and not their age, she told radio DZMM.
"Kung ang sasakyan o truck ay makikita ng authority na hindi road worthy, e di huwag patakbuhin. Hindi po issue sa truckers iyun," she said.
"Ang pinakikiusap namin na huwag sanang mangyari, iyung ipi-phase out nang lahatan, iyung year model."
(If the vehicle or truck is proven to be road unworthy, ban it. That is not an issue with truckers. We are asking authorities not to phase out vehicles by their year model.)
The truck holiday, scheduled from November 19 to 24, will also protest the cramped container yards of some shipping lines, which delay the operation of truckers, she said.
Truckers, after delivering shipments to warehouses, are supposed to return empty container vans to the shipping lines. Several firms, however, admitted last week that their container yards are overutilized by 115 percent, explained Zapata.
This forces truckers to wait for up to 5 days before they can unload the empty containers, preventing them from returning to the port and picking up a fresh batch of shipments, which results to revenue loss, she said.
During the previous Aquino administration, authorities found alternative container yards in Batangas and Subic, but this option has not been used by incumbent officials, Zapata said.
"Mas malala ngayon... Wala pang naka-focus na government office na kumukumpas," she said.
(It's worse now. There is no government office calling the shots.)
"Baka busy sila with some other activity pero importante rin kami sa economic activity ng bansa," she added.
(Perhaps they are busy with some other activity but we are also important to the country's economic activity.)
DZMM, 15 November 2018