Parañaque takes back "no window hours" policy on number-coding scheme
Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
(SPOT.ph) Parañaque City implemented on October 1 the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program (a.k.a. number-coding scheme). It bans private and public utility vehicles on selected weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., depending on the last digit of their plate numbers. The usual window hour is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a clause which was initially dropped by the reimplemented scheme, only to be revised later on.
“We need to make the scheme fair to all so we recommended a window period of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” City Public Information Officer Mar Jimenez said after protests from various groups.
Though followed by most cities in Metro Manila since 1997, the number-coding scheme 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. But with Parañaque being a catch basin of vehicles coming from the South Luzon Expressway, traffic has become horrendous in the past five years. Dr. Arcadio Santos Avenue (Sucat Road) has also been dubbed as "Little EDSA" because of the frequent traffic jams due to the ongoing pipe-laying project by Maynilad Water Services.
Macapagal Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, Airport Road, and MIA Road—which are shared with Pasay City—are still exempted from the number-coding scheme.