MMDA announces number coding exemption for Christmas
The holidays are coming!
(SPOT.ph) Aside from cheery Christmas sights, Jose Mari Chan's songs on loop, and the aroma of puto bumbong and bibingka, the holiday season also means heavy traffic in Metro Manila (as if the current state isn't bad enough). You have a lot to blame for this: last-minute Christmas shoppers, midnight sales, parties in every corner, and so on. There's also the anticipation of Manila residents going to the provinces for the holidays (and vice versa) to be with their families, adding more cars on the road.
With this influx of passengers, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority announced that the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program (a.k.a. number coding scheme) will be lifted for provincial buses on December 22, Thursday, starting at 1 p.m. The same exemption will be applied on December 23, December 29, and January 2. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day all fall on the weekends, which means that number coding is lifted for everyone.
The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic also implemented a strict "Nose In, Nose Out" policy in provincial bus terminals along EDSA starting today, December 14. This long existing regulation requires buses to maneuver inside terminals and not on the road to reduce build up along the major thoroughfare. Vehicles are also prohibited from unloading and loading in front of these bus stations. “Bus operators and owners should designate unloading or loading bays within their terminals or streets outside EDSA,” Metro Manila Development Authority officer-in-charge Tim Orbos explained.