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It's Official: MMDA Says No More Coding Window Hours in Metro Manila

Expect it to take effect soon.
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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is serious about fixing our traffic problem by lessening the number of cars on the road.

Major thoroughfares under the jurisdiction of the MMDA no longer have number-coding window hours under the expanded Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), and this has been going on for quite some time now. After the most recent Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting, however, it has been decided that the coding hours will be made uniform throughout the entirety of Metro Manila. That means the coding scheme will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., everywhere.

The existing window hours when cars aren’t prohibited from using the road in Parañaque (7 a.m.-9 a.m.; 4 p.m.-7 p.m.), Malabon (7 a.m.-10 a.m.; 3 p.m.-7 p.m.) San Juan (7 a.m.-10 a.m.; 3 p.m.-7 p.m.), Manila (7 a.m.-10 a.m.; 3 p.m.-8 p.m.), and Valenzuela (7 a.m.-10 a.m.; 3 p.m.-8 p.m.) will no longer be in effect. Makati’s coding hours (7 a.m.-7 p.m.) will now be until 8 p.m., while Pasig’s dizzying odd-even scheme on select roads will be scrapped.

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Below is a photo of the coding policy throughout the metropolis as of February 2019.

According to MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia: “We have agreed to standardize the ‘no window hours’ scheme on national roads and roads listed as Mabuhay Lane.” He added that members of the MMC have also agreed to amend their existing number-coding schemes and traffic codes implemented in their jurisdictions. The MMC, composed of Metro Manila mayors, is the policy-making and governing body of the MMDA.

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That said, MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago clarified that the Metro Manila mayors have yet to sign the approved resolution and publish it in major newspapers before implementation. After this, motorists will have to wait for local ordinances to be amended, and that might still take some time, too.

This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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