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Modified Coding Starts Today, Dec. 1

Modified Coding Starts Today, Dec. 1
Heavy traffic is seen along EDSA in Quezon City on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 as COVID-related guidelines were relaxed due to the decrease in daily number of cases. Photo by Jesse Bustos, The Philippine STAR

Effective today, Dec. 1, the number coding scheme will be reimplemented in Metro Manila, but only during the afternoon rush hour and only for private vehicles, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos said on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

In a press briefing, Abalos said the modified Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) will be implemented from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays except on holidays.

Vehicles with plates ending in 1 and 2 are prohibited on Mondays, 3 and 4 on Tuesdays, 5 and 6 on Wednesdays, 7 and 8 on Thursdays, 9 and 0 on Fridays.

Exempted from the modified UVVRP are public utility vehicles (including tricycles), transport network vehicle service units, motorcycles, garbage trucks, fuel trucks and motor vehicles carrying essential or perishable goods.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC), chaired by Abalos and composed of all of Metro manila’s mayors, earlier approved a resolution on the implementation of calibrated traffic mitigation measures in the National Capital Region to avoid a traffic management crisis in the future.

A recent travel survey and analysis conducted by the MMDA Traffic Engineering Center showed that the current traffic situation is approaching pre-pandemic levels.

“Data shows that the travel speed along the northbound portion of EDSA is 9.66 kilometers per hour. Hence, we have to reinstate the number coding scheme during the afternoon rush hours to address the problem. We are trying to exhaust all options here,” Abalos said.

“The solution to this problem is efficient traffic management and mass transport system,” he added, noting that PUV capacity is not yet normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic health protocols that remain in effect.

Neomie Recio, MMDA Traffic Discipline Office director, said the coding scheme would decongest EDSA by approximately 2,700 vehicles per hour.

Ban on light trucks

Abalos also announced that the ban on light trucks along EDSA will be reimplemented, also with modifications, starting today.

Based on their motor vehicle plate endings, light trucks shall be prohibited from plying EDSA between Magallanes, Makati City and North Avenue, Quezon City, both northbound and southbound, from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, except holidays.

Abalos said light trucks refer to motor vehicles, whether for commercial use or not, with a gross capacity weight of 4,500 kilograms or below with six or more tires, the payload area of which is either enclosed or open.

The total truck ban policy along EDSA between Magallanes in Makati City and North Avenue, Quezon City, both northbound and southbound, shall remain and be strictly enforced with the exception of garbage trucks, fuel trucks and trucks carrying essential or perishable goods.

On the other hand, the truck ban hours in Metro Manila shall remain suspended until further notice. Trucks refer to motor vehicles, whether for commercial use or not, with a gross capacity weight of above 4,500 kilograms.