Parañaque implements number-coding scheme on October 1

Southerners, be warned!


( Motorists who have had enough of the worsening traffic situation in Parañaque City may soon see the light of day. The city government announced on September 22 that the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program (a.k.a. number coding scheme) for private vehicles will be implemented in all areas starting October 1. It will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., while trucks will be banned on city streets from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.



The Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program, implemented in Metro Manila in 1997, replaced the odd-even traffic scheme of the early 1990s. It was suspended by the Parañaque City Council in 2006 after establishments and traders near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport claimed that the restriction would make them lose income. This move, however, increased the volume of vehicles in the city's major thoroughfares and caused frequent traffic jams. It doesn't help that government projects have rendered some lanes impassable including the ongoing pipe-laying along Dr. Arcadio Santos Avenue (Sucat Road) and the rest of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway construction.


“There is an increase in the volume of traffic in Parañaque for the past five years and it has become unacceptable,” Mayor Edwin Oliveraz said in a statement.


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