Tuesday, October 18, 2016

MMDA to extend "no window hours" to 8pm, to expand coverage to include 14 major thoroughfares by November 1

Effective yesterday, October 17, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) began to strictly implement its updates to the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program, otherwise known as the number-coding scheme.

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For the uninitiated, the number-coding scheme means your car is barred from the metro's streets from 7am to 7pm on a certain day of the week depending on the last digit of its license plate: 1 and 2 on Mondays; 3 and 4 on Tuesdays; 5 and 6 on Wednesdays; 7 and 8 on Thursdays; and 9 and 0 on Fridays. Up until recently though, the only time you could use your car while it's covered by the scheme are during the so-called "Window Hours" from 10am to 3pm save for the cities of Las Piñas and Makati which strictly enforces the 7am to 7pm ban with no exception, unless your family name is Binay, we guess.

Anyway, the recently-implemented updates are comprised of two major developments. The first is that Mandaluyong City has joined Makati and Las Piñas in implementing a "No Window Hours" ban on cars covered by the number-coding scheme. The second is that the agency has removed the "Window Hours"on EDSA, C-5 Circumferential Road, Alabang-Zapote Road and Roxas Boulevard" which means if your car is covered by the number-coding scheme and you're using one of the aforementioned thoroughfares between 10am and 3pm, the MMDA and/or local government units will apprehend you for violating the program.

That's not all though because, as a motorist, the worst is yet to come and will probably challenge your creativity in finding a way to get to your destination if you insist on using your vehicle while it's covered by the number-coding scheme. That's because come November 1 according to GMANews.com, the MMDA will expand the coverage of the "No Window Hours" to 16 more major roads in Metro Manila. So, joining EDSA, C-5, Alabang-Zapote Road, and Roxas Boulevard on November 1 are the following:
  • CM Recto Avenue
  • Pres. Quirino Avenue
  • Araneta Avenue
  • EDSA
  • C.P. Garcia Avenue
  • Bulacan-Rizal-Manila-Cavite Regional Expressway
  • Roxas Blvd.
  • Taft Avenue
  • SLEX
  • Shaw Boulevard
  • Ortigas Avenue
  • Magsaysay Blvd./Aurora Blvd.
  • Quezon Avenue/Commonweath Avenue
  • A. Bonifacio Avenue
  • Rizal Avenue
  • Del Pan/Marcos Highway/MacArthur Highway
In addition to more roads being covered by the "No Window Hours" program, the MMDA will also extend by one hour the number-coding scheme which means from the current 7am to 7pm ban, it will be from 7am to 8pm come November 1.

Good luck to all of us, then.

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