Breaking news: MMDA may consider stopping Number Coding Window Hours implementation

The Number Coding of the MMDA, formally named the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) was seen to reduce traffic jams in Metro Manila. It has seen amendments, including implementing Window Hours within which “coded” vehicles can freely use the roads without being apprehended. This might come to an end, though, according to reports from various news outfits.

The end of MMDA Number Coding Window Hours?

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First, a clarification. As we speak, the current implementation of the MMDA Number Coding Scheme is still in place. That means that Coding Hours are still from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The Window Hours are still implemented between 10:01 AM and 4:49 PM. The MMDA has reiterated that no change has been implemented as of yet.

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Given the continued worsening of the traffic situation in Metro Manila, it is still possible that the Window Hours of the Number Coding Scheme might be stopped, though. According to numerous reports, the Metro Manila Council has already approved a “new Coding Scheme” that will be from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday to Friday, with no Window Hours. This applies to greater Metro Manila. The City of Makati, though, has its own Coding Scheme, but we’ll be updating you on any further developments.

As mentioned earlier, the proposal for this “new” Number Coding Scheme already got the thumbs-up from the Mayors whose cities fall under the MMDA’s traffic rules’ jurisdiction as early as October 6 this year. The only reason why it is not being implemented yet is because the MMDA will still have to “study” the overall traffic situation from November 6-12 and how the removal of Window Hours will affect everyone.

“Inihahanda lamang po natin ito para kung sakali na kailanganin, lalong-lalo na kung sobra ang pagbibigat ng daloy ng trapik, ay atin na pong kaagad mae-enforce [We are just preparing this in case we’ll need it, especially if traffic gets worse, we can enforce it right away],” said MMDA Acting Chairman Atty. Don Artes in an interview.

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As of this posting, there has been no word on any updates to the list of those who are exempted from the Number Coding scheme.

Do you think that this plan is a solution to the horrendous traffic jams we have in Metro Manila? What will happen to those who will be affected by the halting of Number Coding Window hours; what other options for transportation would they have available to them? A lot of questions are being raised by this already-approved proposal and the reality that it may, indeed, become the new MMDA Number Coding Scheme, and we all eagerly wait for answers.

Until such time that if and when it is implemented, let’s just enjoy the Window Hours while we can. For whatever that is worth.

Mikko Juangco
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