Trucks will remain unhampered in the nation’s capital during the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), Manila City Mayor Francisco Domagoso assured trucking organizations in a virtual meeting on Tuesday (May 19).
Domagoso said no truck will be flagged down and impounded during the MECQ.
Trucks will also be allowed to traverse Roxas Boulevard and other truck routes even those without the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS), he added.
This is in keeping with travel guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases stating that the transport of all types of cargoes on land, air, or sea shall remain unhampered.
“Magiging light kami (We’ll be lenient) and I hope you will not abuse it,” the Mayor told heads of trucking organizations during a virtual conference.
“Wala kayong issue sa amin for now (You don’t have an issue with us now), because you have a city government who understands you,” he said.
While elbow room was given for truckers operating in the city, Domagoso maintained that laws against road violations such as reckless driving will be strictly enforced.
Trucking organizations that attended the virtual conference included the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP), Alliance of Concerned Truck Owners and Organizations (ACTOO), Haulers and Truckers Associations in the Watersouth (HATAW), Inland Haulers & Truckers Association (INHTA), and other transport groups.