Council wants ‘rush hour’ clarified

THE Cebu City Council’s committee on laws wants Councilor Nestor Archival to seek the guidance of the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) to determine what exactly is the time considered as “rush hour.”

The proposed ordinance of Archival entitled “Anti-Road Disruption Ordinance of the City of Cebu” aims to prohibit any roadwork during rush hour, or from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Last December, the City Council referred the matter to the committee on laws for review.

“[...] the CCTO must be consulted for further studies to determine if the time frame of what should be considered as ‘rush hour’ as herein proposed is correct as they are the traffic management body of this city,” reads a portion of the report filed by committee head Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia.

CCTO operations chief Erwin Navales, though, pointed out that all roadworks in the city are done at night only.

He said contractors prefer to do roadworks at night since it’s the most convenient time for motorists, pedestrians and delivery trucks carrying construction materials.

In Cebu City, the truck ban runs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Navales said the CCTO considers two rush hour periods in a day. The first is from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., the usual travel hours for workers and students.

The second is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the usual time for school and works hours to end. (JJL)


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