The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has decided to extend the “No Window Hours” implementation of its Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program, otherwise known as the “number coding scheme,” from its original expiry date of January 31, 2017 to July 31, 2017.
Originally implemented to ease the flow of traffic during the Christmas season, the “no window hours” policy was extended after MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos consulted with the Metro Manila Council, the policy-making body of the MMDA, and the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic, which is composed of the Department of Transportation, the Land Transportation Office, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Philippine National Police- Highway Patrol Group.
According to Orbos, since the policy is only temporary, it shouldn’t result in people buying another vehicle to defeat the policy.
“We do not see motorists resort to buying another car just to avoid the No Window Hours policy. It is just impractical,” he said.
Previously, the number coding scheme allowed vehicles banned on a certain day of the week (depending on the last digit of their license plate) to go on the road between 10am to 3pm except for the cities of Makati and Las Piñas which upholds the ban all day long. In October though, Mandaluyong City announced that it will also exercise a city-wide restriction of the “no window hours,” and by November, the MMDA expanded the policy to cover all the circumferential and radial roads in Metro Manila, including EDSA and C-5.