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Dec. 1: Number coding, truck ban
As the holiday season approaches, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced the implementation of the number coding scheme and truck ban starting December 1, 2021.
The number coding scheme, also known as the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), will be enforced from Monday to Friday, except on holidays, from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The scheme prohibits vehicles with license plates ending in 1 and 2 from plying the roads on Mondays, 3 and 4 on Tuesdays, 5 and 6 on Wednesdays, 7 and 8 on Thursdays, and 9 and 0 on Fridays.
Meanwhile, the truck ban will be in effect from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, from Monday to Saturday. The ban covers all trucks with a gross capacity weight of 4,500 kilograms and above, including closed vans and refrigerated trucks.
The MMDA has emphasized that the number coding scheme and truck ban are necessary measures to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila, especially during the holiday season when the volume of vehicles on the road increases significantly. The agency has also urged motorists to follow the rules and regulations to avoid being apprehended and fined.
However, some motorists and business owners have expressed concern over the impact of the number coding scheme and truck ban on their daily operations. They argue that the restrictions will cause delays in the delivery of goods and services, which could result in losses for their businesses.
To address these concerns, the MMDA has assured the public that it will closely monitor the implementation of the number coding scheme and truck ban and make adjustments as necessary. The agency has also encouraged businesses to plan their deliveries ahead of time and to use alternative routes to avoid the affected areas during the restricted hours.
In conclusion, the number coding scheme and truck ban are important measures to manage traffic congestion in Metro Manila, especially during the holiday season. While they may cause inconvenience to some motorists and businesses, it is important to follow the rules and regulations to ensure the safety and efficiency of our roads. Let us all do our part in making our roads safer and more accessible for everyone.