MMDA to enforce expanded number coding scheme

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Vehicles are seen during heavy traffic on Epifanio Delo Santos Avenue (EDSA) in metro Manila, Philippines December 23, 2016. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is planning to reimpose an expanded number coding scheme in hopes of reducing traffic by 20% during rush hours. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)
Vehicles are seen during heavy traffic on Epifanio Delo Santos Avenue (EDSA) in metro Manila, Philippines December 23, 2016. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is planning to reimpose an expanded number coding scheme in hopes of reducing traffic by 20% during rush hours. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

Amid the massive traffic and transport problem in Metro Manila, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will reimpose an expanded number coding scheme in hopes of reducing traffic by 20% during rush hours.

In a statement on Thursday (August 11), the MMDA said that it will reimplement the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or number coding scheme in NCR starting Monday (Aug 15), from 7 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 8 pm on weekdays except holidays.

This is in addition to the existing number coding scheme from 5 pm to 8 pm every day.

Under the coding scheme, plate numbers ending in the following digits won’t be allowed on the road during said hours:

  • Monday – 1, 2

  • Tuesday – 3, 4

  • Wednesday – 5, 6

  • Thursday – 7, 8

  • Friday – 9, 0

The expanded coding scheme or the MMDA Resolution 22-14 Series of 2022 was approved by the Metro Manila Council (MMC) composed of Metro Manila mayors on Thursday (August 11).

This comes as face-to-face classes are set to resume on August 22 as pandemic restrictions ease in the country.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the average number of vehicles plying EDSA daily was at 405,000.

However, the vehicle volume count is expected to balloon to 436,000, higher than pre-pandemic level, according to MMDA.

“From August 15 to 17, we will start the dry run and will only remind motorists of the expanded number coding scheme. On August 18 onwards, the MMDA will start apprehending and will issue traffic violation tickets on ground and through our non-contact apprehension policy," MMDA Acting Chairman Carlo Dimayuga III said.

The number coding scheme only covers private cars according to the MMDA chair.

"Exempted from the UVVRP are public utility vehicles (including tricycles), transport network vehicle services, motorcycles, garbage trucks, fuel trucks, marked government vehicles, trucks, ambulances, marked media vehicles, vehicles carrying essential and/or perishable goods," he said.

‘Non-EDSA’ routes

In anticipation of massive traffic jams on the re-opening of classes, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) also announced that they will allow buses, jeepneys, and UV Express vehicles to travel on more than 100 new alternative routes in Metro Manila.

According to the LTFRB, the modified routes for public utility vehicles (PUVs) will not pass through EDSA because it is already served by the Edsa Carousel Busway.

“These are all non-Edsa routes because of the Edsa Busway, which was our controlling factor. So, all non-Edsa routes will be opened,” LTFRB Chair Cheloy Garafil said.

The official said that most of the anticipated routes would be in areas with high concentrations of schools, such as Manila’s University Belt.

The LTFRB is expected to release the official memorandum next week.

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