DP 2016-52Cargo Truck Ban: Bad Timing, Faulty Analysis, Policy Failure
Llanto, Gilberto M.

Everyone has an opinion on how to solve the terrible traffic plaguing Manila every hour of every day. Many people blamed the behemoth cargo trucks plying the roads everyday, inconveniencing thousands of commuters and car drivers by taking up too much space. People across the metropolis rejoiced when the City of Manila declared a truck ban, effectively preventing cargo trucks from crowding the roads. Commuters and passengers collectively felt relieved to have saved a few minutes in their daily journey from home to work. Ultimately, the price of those precious minutes added up to major economic losses reaching billions of pesos. Who could have imagined that things could go wrong?

keywords:Philippines, infrastructure, truck ban, port congestion, ports, logistics industry: Manila, economic loss
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