Yay or Nay: Cities Will No Longer Have "Window Hours" on Coding Day

Effective immediately.

(SPOT.ph) It's hard to tell if the number coding scheme in the Metro's major roadways is actually effective in lessening traffic, but the policy, first implemented in Metro Manila in 1995, remains today. For some, the "window hours" allowed by some local governments offer some relief for when they need to use their cars on coding day, but the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority announced on March 26 that they will no longer allow cities to implement a window-hours policy effective immediately.

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“We have agreed to standardize the “no window hours” scheme on national roads and roads listed as Mabuhay Lane,” said Garcia in a statement published by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), after holding a meeting with Metro Manila Council, the policy-making and governing body of the MMDA. Representatives from 17 local government units in Metro Manila attended the meeting.

Under the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program, vehicles are banned from plying roads in Metro Manila one day a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., depending on the last digit of the license plate. However, some cities implement window hours allowing vehicles to pass through even on their coding days: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Manila, San Juan, Valenzuela, and Malabon; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Parañaque and Pasig.

Following the abrupt announcement, some users questioned the effectivity of the no-window-hours policy, as well as the number coding scheme itself.

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