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February 1, 2017 

MMDA Meets With Truckers Group, Sets New Guideline

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will allot one additional truck lane along C-5, from 12 midnight to 4am, within the month.

The decision to give one more truck lane along the said thoroughfare came about after a meeting with the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP).

MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said the measure is aimed to facilitate faster transport of delivery trucks in the whole stretch of C-5 which has seen a huge increase in the volume of trucks passing through during truck hours.

Officials of CTAP, led by Alberto Suansing, raised the need for an additional truck lane along C5 as the existing one is not enough and has caused delay in the delivery of goods.

The additional truck lane, which shall be the right side of the existing one, shall be implemented as soon as appropriate signages and road markings are completed by the agency’s Traffic Engineering Center.

Further, during the meeting held yesterday at the MMDA office in Makati City, MMDA and CTAP agreed on the following:

· CTAP shall provide their own crane to be used during road emergencies;
· Conduct of meeting with container yard operators;
· Hold a dialogue with ICTSI to re-evaluate the effectiveness of the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS);
· MMDA shall provide CTAP a list of accredited towing companies and matrix of towing fees;
· Conduct of an ocular inspection along R-10 and Mindanao Avenue within the month;

Orbos pointed out that at no time during the whole day will trucks be allowed to park on any part of C5 and that private vehicles are allowed to use the truck lanes during truck ban hours.

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