In an effort to improve road safety and lessen the flow of traffic, all trucks will be banned from using Metro Manila’s Skyway starting on November 15. This will also open up in speeding the flow of traffic with the help of the elevated toll road and soon-to-open NAIA Expressway.
There are exemptions to the ban and this includes trucks carrying essential commodities but only if they have passed the safety requirements. Skyway O & M (SOMCO), the operator of the Skyway system said that during the recent consultations with local police and barangay officials they have decided that it is unsafe for trucks to use the elevated roads of the Skyway because they pose potential risks to other motorists.
The decision has been reinforced due to two recent instances of major accidents on the Skyway’s elevated section. Senior Insp. Leopoldo M. Vitug Jr, who’s responsible for the NCR-Skyway system, said “Together with Somco, we agreed to implement tighter restrictions as far as road safety is concerned. The welfare of the motorists and passengers should always be our priority.”
SOMCO has also pointed out that the long queues of public utility vehicles, buses and UV express vans in the expressway’s entrance and exit point are also responsible to traffic buildup on the Skyway system.
In order to address this, PUV’s and trucks will now be required to use e radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers for faster toll processing. The RFID toll collection system is a cashless transaction already in place and it is used mostly by private vehicles.
This also meant that it can minimize long lines at toll plazas. RFID stickers are given to motorists free of charge with no payment or fee required to install it on vehicles. Somco added that users only need to initially load P500 for class 1 vehicles and P1,000 for class 2 vehicles.