New pilot plan seeks to regulate passage of heavy vehicles in DN

Several institutions agreed to implement a pilot plan that will establish temporary regulations for the passage of cargo vehicles through the city.

The pilot plan will last 15 days, starting on October 24 and ending on November 7, 2021. During this period it will be possible to evaluate possible measures to be implemented definitively, which will improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of the capital, the flow of vehicles, reduce environmental pollution and promote sustainable mobility.

The actions of the plan, which involves the Mayor’s Office of the National District (ADN), the Ministry of Public Works, the National Institute of Traffic and Land Transportation (INTRANT), RD Vial, the Association of Industries of the Dominican Republic (AIRD), and the General Directorate of Traffic Safety and Land Transportation (DIGESETT), were discussed and agreed upon by the participating organizations and the affected sectors.

The initiative has the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the National Federation of Dominican Transport (FENATRADO), the Association of Dominican Republic Shippers (ANRD), the National Organization of Commercial Companies (ONEC), the Association of Freight Forwarders and Logistics Operators of the Dominican Republic (ADACAM), as well as numerous companies and port operators that participated in the discussion and consensus.

Among the measures contemplated are the establishment of a Restricted Access Zone (ZAR), limited to the north by Paseo de los Reyes Católicos and República de Colombia Avenues; to the west by Luperón Avenue; and to the east by the Ozama River.

In order to transit through the ZAR from 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., during the period of execution of the Plan, companies that need to carry loads within the perimeter in heavy vehicles of 4 axles or more, must previously request a permit.

This permit may be obtained digitally at the official INTRANT website (intrant.gob.do), free of charge.

For vehicles of six (6) or more axles, the permit will be limited, granted only to companies within the Restricted Access Zone.

Heavy vehicles from 1 to 3 axles will be able to transit freely through the RAZ, including during the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

As part of the requirements for the issuance of the permit are the vehicle registration number, insurance, company, origin-destination of the cargo, among other information. The permit will have a QR code that will facilitate its validation by the DIGESETT, an institution that will establish within the perimeter of the ZAR 34 points for surveillance and control.

DIGESETT agents will validate with a mobile application the veracity of the permits and in case they do not correspond, they will be taken to a vehicle retention center and fined. The Restricted Access Zone will not be used as a transit zone for heavy vehicles.

As an alternate route for the circulation of heavy vehicles, the MOPC through RD Vial has exempted the payment of tolls to these units that have been restricted through the city, which has already been approved by its board of directors.

The communiqué indicates that as institutional management measures, the MOPC is coordinating the adequacy of the Samaná Highway with Carretera Mella, and validating the turning maneuver for heavy vehicles with double tails in the overpass of the Las Américas Highway that gives access to the Samaná Highway.

It points out that, for a better effectiveness of the process, a communication plan is being prepared to allow a better understanding of these details and to help heavy transport users and citizens to value the measure as a way to find solutions that benefit all.

The costs associated with the implementation of the Pilot Plan will be covered by the participating public institutions, the General Budget Directorate (DIGEPRES) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

This initiative will be worked on in the Council of Aldermen of the National District for the municipal ordinance of the pilot plan, as well as to establish the next steps to follow.

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