BAGUIO CITY – The city’s Traffic and Transportation Management Committee (TTMC) approved the request of water delivery companies operating in the city to traverse along roads covered by the implementation of the citywide truck ban during a prescribed window period for them to be able to serve their clients.
The TTMC chaired by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan stated that single-tire water delivery trucks are only allowed to traverse major roads in the central business district area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily within the city proper.
Earlier, several water delivery companies requested the TTMC to exempt their water delivery trucks from the implementation of the truck ban from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. within the central business district area.
However, the TTMC admitted allowing the water delivery trucks to traverse the city’s major roads during rush hours will contribute to the traffic congestions around the city proper, thus, the best time that water delivery trucks will be allowed on major roads will be during the prescribed window period.
Mayor Domogan admitted water is one of the basic necessities of businesses within the central business district but there is a need for everyone to adjust to the prevailing situation in the city, especially with the worsening traffic congestions, so the best solution to their existing predicament is for them to be allowed in the city proper during the prescribed window period as approved by the TTMC.
The TTMC clarified the exemption granted will be applicable to all water delivery companies that use single-tire trucks.
Domogan expressed optimism that the operators of water delivery companies will understand the wisdom of the body in granting them the window period.
He explained water delivery companies could be likened to public utility companies operating in the city but there is still a need to regulate their operations so that their activities will not coincide with the influx of central business district patrons during rush hours because this complicates the traffic problem.
He called on water delivery companies to comply with the exemption granted them subject for evaluation and assessment.
By Dexter A. See