Good news: COVID-19 cases have dropped significantly and the country has finally reopened. Bad news: It’s traffic again.
This could be one of the reasons why the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has formally proposed a new number coding scheme that is said can reduce the average vehicle density in EDSA by 40%.
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To achieve this, the agency will revise the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP). What they want to do is to ban cars on EDSA for two days per week.
If approved, select cars will have to stay off EDSA from 5 PM to 7 PM. You can check out the proposed schedule below:
- 1, 2: Monday and Wednesday
- 3, 4: Monday and Thursday
- 5, 6: Tuesday and Thursday
- 7, 8: Tuesday and Friday
- 9, 0: Wednesday and Friday
This new proposal is for private vehicles only. Public utility vehicles (PUVs), transport network vehicle services (TNVS), jeeps, and buses are exempted from the rule.
Furthermore, the MMDA will also meet with the Civil Service Commission to talk about its proposal to use a 7 AM-4 PM workday and shorten the workweek schedule to four days.