Various groups that would be affected by Manila City’s total truck ban met on Tuesday to resolve the newly implemented law.
However, the groups failed to come up with a solution after the Manila City government was not able to send a representative to the meeting.
Truckers groups vowed to follow the truck ban but said they would charge fees 50% higher, equivalent to P2,500 per container.
So far, truckers are charging each container P5,000 and if the groups push through with the additional charge, each container will cost P7,500.
The downside of this compromise is that the increase in freight operational cost would be passed on to consumers, ending up with a 30 percent increase in prices of basic commodities.