Bring Back Number Coding During Peak Hours, MMDA Recommends to Mayors

As traffic reaches pre-pandemic levels.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

The MMDA said Friday it would recommend to Metro Manila mayors the reimposition of number coding as looser virus restrictions bring traffic congestion close to pre-pandemic levels.

The vehicle reduction scheme could be back "probably by next week", MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos said.

"This week, we are recommending the reimposition of the color coding, but only during peak hours in the afternoon from 5 in the afternoon up to 8 in the evening," he told reporters. 


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The three-hour coding will give car owners leeway to still use their vehicles during coding day, he said.

"Ang mangyayari, puwede mo gamitin pa rin ang kotse mo but except during rush hour or peak hour, 'wag ka muna sumabay, which is in the afternoon of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m."

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"Doon muna sila sa office o doon muna sila kung saan sila tatambay and then after that doon na sila umuwi," he said.

Abalos said he was also looking into a possible morning-only or a whole-day number coding scheme.

Public transportation in Metro Manila is capped at 70% capacity under Alert Level 2, which allows greater mobility, to include children and seniors in shopping malls. It is scheduled to last until the end of November.


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