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Special Features | National

MMDA mulls new number-coding scheme to keep your car off streets not once, but twice

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines – Saying it could cut the number of vehicles on the road by 40 percent on any given day, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Wednesday it was eyeing a four-digit system now implemented in busy cities Rio de Janeiro and Santiago in Chile.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino cited data to justify the tougher scheme they are contemplating:  “In 2010 we only had around 1.9 million of registered vehicles in Metro Manila, but now it will reach 2.3 million so maybe we can adopt what is being implemented in Rio de Janeiro sa Brazil” which are implementing the four-digit number coding.”

Tolentino spoke to reporters at the sidelines of the two-day 11th Asian Crisis Management Conference (ACMC) at Crowne Plaza, Manila Galleria which the MMDA is hosting.

The planned shift from the current two-digit Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the “number-coding” scheme into a four-digit system is just one of the solutions the agency is looking at to resolve traffic woes in the metropolis.

The MMDA chief said there is urgency in easing traffic problems in Metro Manila, particularly at the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), where more than 325, 000 public and private vehicles, or 1,200 per lane per hour, pass everyday.

Tolentino explained that under the planned new proposal, vehicles get barred from roadways not just once, but twice.

In the scheme being considered, plate numbers ending with the following digits will be banned from major thoroughfares on assigned days, as below:

  • 1, 2, 3, 4 banned on Mondays
  • 5, 6, 7, 8 banned on Tuesdays
  • 9, 0, 1, 2 banned on Wednesdays
  • 3, 4, 5, 6 banned on Thursdays
  • 7, 8, 9, 0 banned on Fridays

Under the current system, vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 are not allowed outside on Mondays, 3 and 4 on Tuesdays, 5 and 6 on Wednesdays, 7 and 8 on Thursdays and 9 and 0 on Fridays.

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