Last updateFri, 13 Dec 2019 12pm

Governor announces metro-area trailer ban

The Jalisco state government has unveiled plans to ban semi-trailers and heavy trucks from the Guadalajara metro area during peak hours.

The regulation will place restrictions on trucks circulating between 6 and 9 a.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. Trucks used to provide vital municipal, state and federal government services will be exempt.  Special permits will be given in exceptional circumstances, Governor Enrique Alfaro explained at the launch of the plan this week.

The ban will apply to single and double semi trailers and tractor trailers, while C2 and C3 series trucks, motorhomes and camper-type trailers towed by cars will be allowed to circulate.

The strategy, developed by the Instituto Metropolitano de Planeación (IMEPLAN), also seeks to promote the use of the Macrolibramiento (outer city ring road) and Circuito Sur for cargo traffic. Alfaro said his administration is in talks with federal authorities about reducing the cost of tolls on the Macrolibramiento, which many transportation firms refuse to use because of the high fees.

The plan ties in with the state government’s project to transform the Periferico (city beltway) into an “inner”  ring road, complete with a BRT (rapid transit) bus line connecting with several Tren Ligero (subway) stations.  The Periferico will be off-limits to trucks during the peak-hour prohibition periods.

The plan, which goes under the unwieldy name of Plan de Regulación de Límites Urbanos del Transporte Público de Pasajeros y de Carga para el Área Metropolitana de Guadalajara, will be submitted to the state Congress for discussion and approval.

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