Heads up! The MMDA announced that the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic or IACT has decided to enforce the removal of the “window hours” rule of the number coding scheme on October 17, two weeks earlier than the set October 31 schedule.

Tim Orbos, the MMDA General Manager, said that the dry run to test the no “window hours” rule from 10 am to 3 pm will be implemented today until Friday this week.

During the three-day dry run, Highway Patrol Group and MMDA traffic enforcers manning roads will be conducting an information campaign. They will not be issuing any traffic violation tickets on violators but will only be reminding them of the rule.

Aside from Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) and C5, the rule will be expanded to other areas, including Alabang-Zapote Road, Roxas Boulevard and whole Mandaluyong City. Cities of the Makati and Las Pinas do not implement window hours.

“The earlier enforcement of the rule was based on the request of the IACT to reduce vehicular traffic as Christmas nears. This is for the immediate effect of the reduction as traffic is foreseen to worsen toward Christmas,” said Orbos.

The IACT shall assess the impact of this specific measure and determine whether it created a positive impact in alleviating traffic congestion in Metro Manila.

The assessment will then be submitted to the Metro Manila Council, composed of Metro Manila mayors, who can finally decide if the measure will be implemented permanently.

“If it’s effective, it will be decided by the council,” said Orbos.

Under the current number coding scheme, vehicles are banned from major roads from 7 AM to 7 PM except during the 10 AM to 3 PM window hours.

Under this traffic 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 respectively.

Let's all hope for the best and that the heavy traffic plaguing the metro will at least lessen if not totally eradicated.



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Article published on October 12, 2016

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