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November 7, 2016

i-ACT To Implement One Truck Lane Policy Along Roxas Blvd. 

    In line with the celebration of its 41st Founding Anniversary today, Nov. 7, 2016, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is continuously finding ways and solutions to further improve the traffic condition in the metropolis.
     Aside from the expanded Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program or Number Coding Scheme, the MMDA reiterated that trucks and heavy vehicles, such as container vans, are exempted from the truck ban if they are participating in the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS) along Roxas Blvd., as agreed upon by the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT).
     The TABS-registered trucks should be on the dedicated lane along Roxas Blvd., MMDA added.
    The MMDA adopted the TABS to reduce the number of trucks during traffic peak hours without affecting the total number of imports and exports going in and out of Port of Manila. The International Container Terminal Services Inc. and Asian Terminals Inc. formulated the TABS.
     Those vehicles not participating in TABS should observe the regular truck ban hours from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., except Sundays and Holidays in all roads of Metro Manila.
     The MMDA also reiterated that it will continue to implement the One Truck Lane Policy along C-5, Katipunan Avenue, Congressional Road, Mindanao Avenue and R-10.
     Heavy trucks, including garbage trucks, are covered by the total truck ban along EDSA, the MMDA said. All truck ban exemptions are exclusively issued by MMDA to truckers going in and out of Metro Manila.
     Meanwhile, MMDA officials, led by General Manager Tim Orbos, will be holding a consultation meeting this week with operators and owners of schools bus service providers, armored vans, funeral transport providers, driving schools, motorcycle federations, to come up with stakeholders-specific solutions to traffic in Metro Manila.

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