MMDA eyes 2-day cod­ing scheme anew

The Philippine Star - - METRO - – Robert­zon Ramirez

Metropoli­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMDA) Chair­man Danilo Lim wants to re­vive the pro­posed two-day num­ber cod­ing scheme to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the num­ber of pri­vate ve­hi­cles in the me­trop­o­lis.

In a fo­rum last Thurs­day, Lim said he will seek the ap­proval of the Metro Manila Coun­cil, which will meet next month, to con­sider im­ple­ment­ing the two-day cod­ing scheme. The MMC is the pol­icy-mak­ing body of the MMDA.

Un­der the cur­rent num­ber-cod­ing scheme, ve­hi­cles are banned only once a week. Those with li­cense plates end­ing in 1 and 2 are pro­hib­ited on Mon­days, 3 and 4 on Tues­days, 5 and 6 on Wed­nes­days, 7 and 8 on Thurs­days and 9 and 0 on Fri­days.

Lim said there is a need to re­duce the vol­ume of ve­hi­cles in Metro Manila, not­ing that the road net­work did not get any wider over the past four decades.

He said the idea to re­vive the pro­posed two-day scheme came a few days af­ter the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives bud­get hear­ing for the MMDA.

“Some of the con­gress­men were ac­tu­ally ad­vo­cat­ing that we re­vise our num­ber cod­ing scheme,“Lim said, adding that the law­mak­ers even want to im­pose a three-day ve­hi­cle vol­ume re­duc­tion sys­tem.

The idea to re­vise the num­ber cod­ing scheme was first in­tro­duced last June but did not push through af­ter it got flak from the public trans­port groups and pri­vate mo­torists.

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