Congressman wants fewer cars on the road this Christmas

Good luck with that!


( House Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez proposed a stricter number-coding scheme during a privilege speech in Congress on November 21. "We implore the Department of Transportation to temporarily implement this new three-digit coding scheme from Mondays to Fridays while the two-digit scheme be resumed during weekends in anticipation of the holiday traffic," the congressman explained.



This would ban vehichles—for example—with license plates ending in 1, 2, and 3 from the roads on Mondays; instead of the current scheme. Suarez recommended that the Department of Transportation should already have a prescribed schedule before December. "This must be implemented until the end of the Three Kings Day celebration, when we will revert to the two-digit number coding scheme," he added.


At present, vehicles that have license plates ending in 1 and 2 are prohibited from using Metro Manila's roads on Mondays; those ending in 3 and 4 are banned on Tuesdays; those ending in 5 and 6 on Wednesdays; those ending in 7 and 8 on Thursdays; and those ending in 9 and 0 on Fridays. This is implemented from Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The so-called "window hours" along EDSA and C5 Road are no longer in effect starting October 6.



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