As we all try to get back to normal after the almost two-year lockdown, the side effects of increased activity outside the home also begin to appear. Case in point: more traffic. This is why the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has brought back the Number Coding Scheme, albeit in a modified form beginning December 1, 2021.
Unlike the previous, pre-pandemic Number Coding Scheme, the Modified scheme will only be in effect from 5pm to 8pm, Monday to Friday. This is aimed at reducing the number of vehicles on the road during rush hour.
It will still restrict vehicles with the following license plate endings on corresponding days:
- 1 and 2: Mondays
- 3 and 4: Tuesdays
- 5 and 6: Wednesdays
- 7 and 8: Thursdays
- 9 and 0: Fridays
With this, the MMDa hopes to drastically reduce traffic gridlock with an equally lower number of vehicles on the road. This would amount to approximately 2,700 vehicles per hour on EDSA alone, studies show. And only private vehicles will be covered by the scheme, MMDA says, as they make up the majority of cars on the road.
So private motorists, take note of your coding day from 5pm to 8pm.