If you traversed C5 and Katipunan Avenue recently and noticed the heavy traffic in the area, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is clarifying that this is "an ill-fated outcome" of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board's lifting of the truck ban on July 25.
Based on the data compiled by the MMDA, the volume of trucks along Katipunan Avenue in front of the Ateneo De Manila University has increased by 80.67%, with 14,380 trucks traversing the road the day the ban was lifted. This is reportedly double last year's figure of 7,959 trucks when the ban was still implemented.
"Our records only justify that vehicular bottleneck along Katipunan Avenue is the adverse effect of the new truck policy of the LTFRB," said MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino.
The LTFRB's lifting of the truck ban is a result of the resolution filed by the agency, which stated that all private for-hire trucks "can freely pass along C5 for the period of one month--from June 28 to July 28, 2014--without fear of getting apprehended by traffic enforcers."
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