Trucker group opposes new MMDA truck ban

Posted at 11/20/12 4:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP) has expressed their opposition to the new truck ban proposed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

In its position paper, The CTAP said it is against the 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. truck ban that was proposed by the MMDA, which will replace the 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. regular truck ban.

The CTAP opposes the new truck ban because they said it will affect their business and the economy in general.

There will be delays in the delivery of raw materials and warehouses will already be closed when their trucks will arrive at night, the CTAP said.

This also puts their trucks in a situation that it might be hijacked during night deliveries.

Several truck drivers are also against the new truck ban saying it will affect their daily wage.

They only earn P400 to P500 per delivery and with the new truck ban, they will have fewer deliveries and longer working hours.

The CTAP has around 4,000 delivery trucks around Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The new truck ban schedule is said to be implemented this coming December 3 to December 26.

The MMDA said the ban will be implemented to ease traffic in the Metro especially this holiday season. They had also recorded quite a number of truck related traffic accidents these past few weeks.

According to MMDA Traffic Discipline OIC Atty. Yves Gonzalez, they are looking at the big picture to solve the traffic in the Metro.

They are also taking into consideration the concerns of the truckers.

A meeting will be held by the MMDA and trucking companies on Thursday to finalize the truck ban. Officers from Customs and port authorities will join the meeting.