ICYMI: Number-Coding Returns to Makati This March

Check out the latest too on the the MMDA's modified coding scheme.

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(SPOT.ph) Makati City is reinstating their number-coding scheme for vehicles starting Wednesday, March 16. Local government announced that the "normal number-coding scheme" will be back in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through a Facebook post on the My Makati page. This comes after Metro Manila downgraded to Alert Level 1 in March—signaling a return to some semblance of pre-pandemic days. 

The post noted that the coding scheme will automatically be lifted on holidays. Excemptions are also in order for "vehicles carrying Senior Citizen Blu Card holders as drivers or passengers and those under official functions and medical emergencies as stated in the Makati Traffic Code."

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Here's the latest on the number-coding scheme in Metro Manila

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has announced no changes to the modified coding scheme currently in place. While traffic czar Bong Nebrija floated the idea of expanding the number of hours the scheme will be in place once Alert Level 1 begins, the latest data available shows there's no need to do so.

There were less vehicles on EDSA on the first day of Alert Level 1 compared to Alert Level 2, according to numbers from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). This is based on vehicles on the thoroughfare from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., primetime for congestion.

"Traffic is concentrated during these hours. The time stuck in traffic is just short. It eases immediately. This is why we are not seeing any reason to expand the number coding scheme," MMDA chair Romando Artes told dzBB on March 7. 

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