The Metro Manila Council (MMC), the policy-making body of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, through its Special Traffic Committee, has extended the implementation of the modified truck ban in Metro Manila until July 6.
"This proves that the modified uniform truck ban was successful and improved the traffic situation in Metro Manila," said MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino.
Tolentino advised, however, that the modified truck ban could be lifted if the MMC and all concerned local government units of Metro Manila adopt a more comprehensive truck-ban regulation.
"We are optimistic that before the extension period ends, the MMC will have already come up with a permanent truck-ban regulation for all affected streets and major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, to complement various traffic improvement schemes being undertaken by the agency," Tolentino added.
Under the modified regulation, truck-ban hours will be from 6am to 10am and from 5pm to 10pm every day except Sundays and holidays.
According to the MMDA, cargo trucks and heavy vehicles with a gross capacity weight of more than 4,500kg are covered by the truck ban, while trucks carrying perishable goods like agricultural products are exempted from it.