Mandaue traffic official calls for permanent truck ban-A A +A
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
EDWIN Ermac, head of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team), urged city officials to pass an ordinance implementing a truck ban in the city.
In a news conference yesterday, Ermac said they have been enforcing the ban through City Council resolutions.
“We keep on renewing the resolution implementing a dry run of the truck ban. We have been extending the dry run for almost a year now,” he said.
The 60-day dry run has been extended four times.
Ermac said they have already sent a letter requesting the City Council to pass an ordinance.
He said, though, that passing an ordinance will take time because the council has to first consult all affected sectors.
Ermac said the traffic situation in Mandaue has improved since they conducted the dry run.
Passing an ordinance on the truck ban, however, is not the ultimate solution to traffic congestion in the city, he said.
Factors causing traffic congestion in the city include vehicular accidents, breakdowns and road repair.
The truck ban covers trucks, vans, trailers, mixers, tankers and other large vehicles.
Vehicles weighing 4,500 kilograms and above are covered except those carrying perishable goods like meat and fruits.
The ban is enforced from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except on Sundays and holidays.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 11, 2012.