Mayor orders ban on cargo trucks PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 May 2013 11:37

Mayor Celso Lobregat has issued an executive order banning six-wheeler cargo trucks from using the major thoroughfares in the city during peak hours in the morning and in the afternoon.

Executive Order 502-2013 specifically prohibits six-wheeler cargo trucks of more than five gross tons to include trailers, container vans, delivery trucks and other similar motor vehicles on major streets from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.during the week in the following areas: Zamboanga City – Labuan Road (junction Suterville to junction San Jose Road/Baliwasan Chico); Gov. Alvarez Street; and Mayor VitalianoAgan Avenue (Nunez Extension).

The order is pursuant to the provisions of Ordinance No. 248 (otherwise known as “The Revised Traffic Code for Zamboanga City”) enacted on December 10, 2002 and intended to regulate and control traffic and/or the use of city and national streets, roads and highways in the City of Zamboanga.

Under Section 5(d) of Article IV (Routing of Traffic) of the said Ordinance, no cargo trucks of more than five gross tons, shall be allowed to pass through Climaco Avenue, Governor Lim Avenue, Tomas Claudio Street and Mayor N. Valderroza Street from its junction with P. Lorenzo Street up to its junction with the road fronting the main gate of Fort Pilar from 07:00 am to 10:00 pm. Likewise, no cargo trucks of any capacity shall be allowed to pass through Normal Road from 06:00 am to 06:00 pm on weekdays.

This as the repair/rehabilitation of a bridge at Baliwasan Seaside and other ongoing repair/rehabilitation works in certain streets in the urban center of the city have greatly affected the traffic situation in major streets.

Last Monday, Mayor Lobregat met with (DepEd officials, police, DTI, and others to discuss preparations for the opening of classes in June. One of the issues raised was the aggravating traffic situation in the city. On the recommendation of the Zamboanga City Police Office and upon the favorable endorsement of the City Administrator, it was agreed that a truck ban be enforced, albeit temporary, for the duration of the timeline of the infrastructure projects being implemented in the city roads/bridges.

The order, however, exempts fuel tank and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carriers so as not to limit and disrupt the safe and continuous supply of petroleum products to the public and vital industries in the city. In addition, water tankers of the Zamboanga City Water District are also exempted from the truck ban so as not to affect the supply of purified water to the barangays.

Copies of the order were furnished to all concerned cargo truck companies in the city, the concerned contractors, the Zamboanga City Police Office and other concerned government offices. — Claudine Uniana