Metro mayors seek additional inputs on proposed new vehicle coding scheme – MMDA chief

Chairman Romando Artes of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Monday that some of Metro Manila mayors are still seeking for additional data inputs regarding the new number coding scheme that the agency has proposed.

Artes also said that some mayors were asking to “defer” the implementation of the proposal.

However, once implemented, other members of the Metro Manila Council (MMC), Artes said, wants a review of the new traffic scheme “every three months.” The MMC, composed of the 17 Metro Manila mayors, is the governing and policy-making body of the MMDA.

Artes said that the MMDA has already presented to the MMC the proposed scheme. There is still no scheduled MMC meeting this week.

“In the meantime, we will implement the current number coding scheme being implemented in the afternoon,” Artes said, referring to the MMDA’s Modified Unified Volume Vehicular Reduction Program (UVVRP) or number coding scheme from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Earlier, Artes presented the first option of the new number coding scheme, which seeks a 50-percent volume reduction for vehicles with license plates ending in even numbers will be banned on major roads on Tuesdays and Fridays, while plates ending with odd numbers are banned on Mondays and Thursdays.

The other option aims for a 40-percent reduction plan wherein vehicles will be barred in the metropolis two days a week with a varied schedule based on their license plate.

Artes said that both options would only be implemented during rush hours from 7 am to 10 am and evening from 5 pm to 8 pm

The proposed scheme is one of the solutions that the MMDA is looking into as the agency expects more schools to resume face-to-face classes in June.

The other proposal is to move government offices from 8 am to 5 pm to 7a.m. to 4p.m.

The proposals stemmed from the MMDA’s observation that before the May 9 elections, the volume count of vehicles traversing Edsa was around 400,000.

“If there will be face-to-face classes, the number of vehicles will reach the pre-pandemic level,” Artes said in Filipino

The MMDA reported that before the pandemic, around 405,882 vehicles were plying Edsa.

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