Complete guide on Truck ban schedule in Metro Manila with alternate routes

Aug 11, 2020

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Looking to transport goods into Metro Manila in a truck? Make sure to follow MMDA’s truck ban schedules. This article can help you a great deal when traveling around the city.

In an attempt to combat the heavy congestion on the roads of Manila, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) issued the Truck Ban Ordinance in 1978. Having proven its effectiveness, the Ordinance is still around, and with small tweaks and changes around the year, it’s important to know about MMDA Truck Ban Schedule this 2020.

Manila street packed with cargo trucks

Imagine the noise and dust from this...

MMDA Truck ban schedule 2020: Overview 

In general, MMDA’s Guidelines include two separate documents, each handling and categorizing trucks, depending on their gross capacity:

  • Uniform Light Truck Ban
  • Cargo Truck Ban Ordinance

Even to this day, both of these documents establish the rules and guidelines that make up the Truck Ban schedule today in Manila. Make sure to follow these regulations well to avoid getting fined.

As such, all operating trucks in and around the Manila Metropolitan area are designated as either light trucks, or cargo trucks:

  • The light truck category consists of trucks with a gross capacity of 4500 kilograms or below. This category will apply to both trucks with a closed or open cargo bay area, with exceptions to government-affiliated vehicles, emergency vehicles, and other vehicles specially licensed by the MMDA.
  • Cargo trucks, on the other hand, are trucks with a gross capacity of more than 4500 kilograms or are registered under the T, S, TC, TH, HHB, TRJ and TRLB class. The 4500 kilograms requirement is irrelevant to whether the truck is loaded or not. 

truck ban hours in marikina

Truck ban hours in Marikina City

That said, while the ban differs between light trucks and cargo trucks, there are still “Total Truck Ban” routes within the Manila Metropolis. Trucks are prohibited from traveling along the EDSA Magallanes in Makati City to North Avenue Quezon City from 5 AM to 9 PM, with exceptions of Sundays and on holidays.

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The Uniform Light Truck Ban in Manila

1. What types of trucks are covered?

The Uniform Light Truck Ban, or ULTB, applies to any and all light trucks that travel in selected routes of the Metropolitan area of Manila, regardless of their usage as commercial or private vehicles.

2. How about ULTB’s coverage?

The ULTB states that no light trucks are to be allowed to travel on both northbound and southbound routes of the North Avenue in Quezon City to Magallanes in Makati City. This ban is in accordance with MMDA’s Total Truck Ban.

3. What is exactly the duration of ULTB?

In addition to the aforementioned routes, Shaw Boulevard is also off-limit to light trucks, from 6 AM to 10 AM and 5 PM to 10 PM. Truck drivers can still travel along this route on Sundays and holidays, however.

The period between 6 AM to 9 AM and 4 PM and 8 PM is also the time during which the ULTB applies on roads of the city of Parañaque.

4. Are light trucks included in ULTB?

Yes. The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program under MMDA Regulation No. 96-005, 1996 series, as well as its amendments, is still applicable for all light trucks.

5. Are there any exceptions?

Yes. The following vehicles are not covered by ULTB:

  • Emergency vehicles such as firetrucks and ambulances;
  • Any light trucks are registered under government office, agency or unit such as the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police;
  • Light trucks that are granted an exemption by the MMDA

6. What are the fines for ULTB violations?

Failure to adhere to these regulations will result in a fine of Php 2,000, plus any additional fines for whatever violations they have previously committed. And just like in baseball, if your driver’s license had been apprehended three times, you may face a license suspension of 1 year. Three strikes and you’re out!

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Cargo Truck Ban Ordinance

Cargo trucks are much heavier and thus more prone to causing traffic jams and accidents, therefore their routes are much more regulated when traveling in Metropolitan Manila.

1. Cargo truck ban hours in Metro Manila 2020

From 6 AM to 10 AM and from 5 PM to 10 PM on every week days from Monday to Saturdays. Sundays and holidays are exceptions.

2. Areas that are covered by the Cargo truck ban Ordinance 2020

Cargo trucks are banned from entering the major metropolitan routes as follows:

España Street, from Echague Street to the intersection of West and South Avenue (through Quezon Avenue)

España Street, from Echague Street to the intersection of West and South Avenue (through Quezon Avenue)

Taft Avenue through Quirino Avenue, all the way to Plaza Lawton from Redemptorist Street. This route also includes Jones Bridge, Quezon Bridge, and McArthur Bridge.

Taft Avenue through Quirino Avenue, all the way to Plaza Lawton from Redemptorist Street. This route also includes Jones Bridge, Quezon Bridge, and McArthur Bridge.

The President Quirino Avenue, with the starting point at the South Superhighway and ends at Roxas Boulevard.

The President Quirino Avenue, with the starting point at the South Superhighway and ends at Roxas Boulevard.

E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue going via Bonifacio Avenue. This route spans from Mabuhay Rotonda to Shoe Avenue.

E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue going via Bonifacio Avenue. This route spans from Mabuhay Rotonda to Shoe Avenue.

Rizal Avenue through Rizal Avenue Extension from Carriedo Street to the Bonifacio Monument.

Rizal Avenue through Rizal Avenue Extension from Carriedo Street to the Bonifacio Monument.

España Street through Quezon Avenue, from Echague Street to the intersection of West and South Avenue.

España Street through Quezon Avenue, from Echague Street to the intersection of West and South Avenue.

P. Burgos Street through Ayala Boulevard, Legarda Street, Magsaysay Boulevard, and Aurora Boulevard, from Roxas Boulevard to Boston Street.

P. Burgos Street through Ayala Boulevard, Legarda Street, Magsaysay Boulevard, and Aurora Boulevard, from Roxas Boulevard to Boston Street.

Claro M. Recto Avenue., from Legarda Street to Del Pan Street.

Claro M. Recto Avenue., from Legarda Street to Del Pan Street.

Reina Regente Street through Abad Santos Avenue from Reina Regente Bridge to Avenida Rizal.

Reina Regente Street through Abad Santos Avenue from Reina Regente Bridge to Avenida Rizal.

A section of the South Superhighway going through Nagtahan Bridge and Alfonso Mendoza Street. This route also stretches from EDSA to Dimasalang Street.

In addition to the aforementioned routes, cargo trucks are also barred from entering the areas of:

  • Makati District Business;
  • Ortigas Business District;
  • Bonifacio Global City.

An example of a cargo truck

An example of a cargo truck

3. How about Truck ban on EDSA?

Trucks are completely banned from EDSA, from Magallanes to North Ave., Quezon City. This law is implemented from Monday until Saturday and not applied on Sundays and public holidays.

4. Are the fines for Cargo truck ban Ordinance similar to those of ULTB?

Yes. Should any cargo truck drivers fail to adhere to these truck bans, the punishment is the same as that of the Uniform Light Truck Ban. These bans are only effective from Monday to Saturday, so truck drivers may use Sunday as a window to transport shipments across these routes.

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Port Area-bound cargo trucks: Alternate routes

The Port Area is a hotspot for shipments and goods going into and out of Manila. Thus it is almost inevitable that trucks will have to travel across the city to reach the Port of Manila.

However, due to the Truck Ban Manila 2020, truck drivers are not allowed to travel in a straight line without violating the rules. In order to arrive at the Port without getting fined, the MMDA has provided a number of alternate routes for drivers to follow.

There are 3 main routes to get to the Port of Manila:

1. Northern Truck Route

North Diversion Road --> Port Area

To get to the Port Area from the North Diversion Road, you need to travel southward along Andres Bonifacio Ave., then make a turn right at Blumentritt and then a left at Aurora Boulevard. Turn right at Dimasalang and then take another right at Aragon Street. When you make it to Governor Forbes, turn right towards Tayuman and Capulong. Afterward, take a left onto R-10 towards the Pier Zone.

Port Area --> North Diversion Road

From the Pier Zone, you travel northward along the R-10, then make a right turn at Capulong towards Tayuman Street. You should reach and turn left at Maria Clara once you’ve traveled across Governor Forbes. Then make another left at Dimasalang. When you arrive at Blumentritt make a right turn and then another left at A. Bonifacio. Once you’re there, just make your way towards the Diversion road.

Port of Manila view from the top

Port of Manila is always busy with the loading and unloading of goods

2. Southern Truck Route

Port Area --> South Superhighway

From Bonifacio Drive, turn left at P. Burgos, towards Finance Road and  Ayala Boulevard. Then, turn right at San Marcelino and make a left President Quirino. And finally, make a right to the South Superhighway.

South Superhighway --> The Port Area

If you wish to travel to the Port Area from the South Superhighway, your route is essentially reversed, with the difference being that you won’t be able to drive through Finance Road. At the South Superhighway, turn right at President Quirino, and left United Nations Avenue. Make a right turn when you reach Romualdez Street, then turn left at Ayala. Go straight until you reach P. Burgos and then turn right at Bonifacio Drive and drive into the Port Area.

3. Eastern Truck Route

The Truck Route arriving from the East is a bit more complicated, requiring more twists and turns to get to the Port Area.

The Port Area --> Marcos Highway (Marikina–Infanta Highway)

From The Pier area travel northward along the R-10 and then turn right at Capulong to Tayuman Street. From Tayuman Street head straight for Governor Forbes. Then, go left at Maria Clara and cross Dimasalang. Afterward head for Constancia, once you’re there, turn right and then make another left at Laong Laan.

From Laong Laan, just keep going straight towards D. Tuazon and then turn left at Quezon Boulevard Extension. Make your way to Elliptical Road and make for Don Mariano Marcos Avenue. Aurora Boulevard is just ahead of you, which will help you reach Marikina–Infanta Highway.

Marcos Highway (Marikina–Infanta Highway)

Marcos Highway (Marikina–Infanta Highway)

Marcos Highway --> Port Area

Starting at Marikina–Infanta Highway, go straight until you reach Aurora Boulevard. Then make a right turn at Katipunan and make no turn until you reach Tandang Sora. Head straight towards Elliptical Road via the Don Mariano Marcos Avenue. You should reach Quezon Boulevard Extension then.

From then head for West Avenue and make a right turn. Continue left at Del Monte Avenue. Make a bee-line for Andres Bonifacio, and don’t forget to turn right at Blumentritt.

At Aurora Boulevard turn left and then turn right when you get to Dimasalang. From there make 2 consecutive right turns, first at Aragon Street and then at Governor Forbes. Head to Tayuman and turn into the R-10. You should have little trouble going to the Pier area from here, as there are no more left or right turns needed.

Truck ban schedule in Manila 2020: Conclusion

Not wanting to bear the title of having the “worst traffic in Southeast Asia”, the MMDA has since worked hard implementing these bans. However, it always requires the responsibilities from Filipino road users for any traffic initiatives to take effect.

We hope this post has helped you understand every bit of the Truck ban Schedule in Metro Manila this 2020. Let’s drive with focus and highest responsibilities.

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