3-month ban

Dads impose ‘experimental’ truck ban to ease traffic
THE CITY council yesterday passed an urgent motion to implement an “experimental” truck ban starting today, March 1, until May 31, at both southern and northern entry points of the city.

The councilors passed on suspended rules the proposal to ban trucks from entering the city from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This is a three-hour increase from the long-implemented five-hour truck ban.

The existing truck ban is from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The ban covers cargo trucks with six wheels and above.

Trucks that are already inside the downtown area within the period are included in the ban.

Exempted from the truck ban are trucks loading perishable goods such as agricultural products like vegetables and meats.

Trucks coming from the south, via Davao del Sur, will be directed to stop at the Toril area, from the vicinity of GTH up to Crossing Mergrande.

Vehicles coming from the Davao-Bukidnon road are not allowed past Catalunan Pequeno Proper up to corner Greenhills Subdivision.

Southbound vehicles from Davao del Norte are not allowed from Bunawan Proper to Sumifru.

The item was passed in an urgent motion through a certificate of urgency signed by acting Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag.

The measure requires the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) to coordinate with the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) to submit a traffic impact assessment.

Councilor Jesus Joseph Zozobrado pushed the measure to reduce the heavy traffic in the city during the rush hour.

A hearing and consultation was held by the city council’s transportation committee last Jan. 27 with the truck and van owners and it was agreed to expand the time and area of the truck ban.

In an earlier speech, Conrado Baluran, chair for transportation, said an experiment implemented last year had significantly reduced traffic congestion in the city.

There is also a pending resolution at the city council that seeks to amend the existing truck ban. The proposed amendment is still at the second reading at the council.