Motorists hoping that the no window hours policy on number coding will be lifted come July 2017 are in for a surprise. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) recently announced that the no window hours policy will now be permanently implemented.
According to newly-appointed MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, the no window hours policy proved to be effective in improving traffic flow in Metro Manila, particularly along EDSA. Lim, however, pointed out that they are still thinking of several possible solutions for Metro Manila traffic. But for now, there are no alternatives yet for the no window hours policy.
Roberto Almadin, officer in charge of operations, said that the number coding scheme is necessary due to the heavy vehicular volume in EDSA.
“Around 6,800 vehicles pass through EDSA, more than its capacity of 6,000 vehicles. Illegal parking also occurs on secondary roads thus, we believe that the no window hour number coding scheme is effective in improving the traffic situation in Metro Manila,” said Almadin.
In review, under the revised Unified Vehicular Reduction Program (UVRP), all private vehicles are banned from plying radial, circumferential and other major roads from the hours between 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Public utility vehicles (PUVs) are also covered by the number coding scheme but are banned only from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
The following ending plates are not allowed on the corresponding days:
Monday – 1 & 2
Tuesday – 3 & 4
Wednesday – 5 & 6
Thursday – 7 & 8
Friday – 9 & 0