Manila: A report just released compiled by Manila’s leading terminal operators plus transport-related associations has called for a moratorium on the truck ban to avoid repeating the port congestion that crippled the Philippine capital this summer.
The report – Port and Road Infrastructure for Greater Luzon Trade – also called for multiple 24-hour single lanes for all cargoes, especially for the North, South, and Cavite expressways.
The single lanes provision should also come with a 24-hour free flow exemption policy for refrigerated, perishable, and dangerous cargoes and the exclusion of Saturdays from truck ban rules.
The report also proposed the fast-tracking of the yard capacity development behind Berth 7 at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and the modernisation of the Manila North Harbor Port’s facilities, cranes, and manpower.
The government should appoint an agency or person to oversee the planning of the transport system and ensure supply chain efficiency, the report said. [30/09/14]