If your car’s plate number is on ‘coding’, you will have to wait until after 7:00PM before you can start driving down Metro Manila roads. There will no longer be any ‘window hours’ between 10:00AM to 3:00PM, beginning October 25, 2016 that is.
According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), this is one of the sacrifices that all vehicle owners and operators must make in order to help ease Metro Manila traffic. They said the public must not see it as a ‘punishment’.
On Edsa alone, the NCR’s main thoroughfare, about 7,500 vehicles pass per hour, per direction when it only has a capacity of 6,000 vehicles. By canceling the window hours, Metro Manila roads will be relieved by as much as 20% of vehicle traffic from 7:00AM to 7:00PM during weekdays. This is a much needed respite especially since the city is again bracing itself for the onslaught of the holiday traffic. Should the scheme yield positive results, the Department of Transportation might consider keeping the scheme long after the holidays are over.
Tell us what you think about this new approach in solving our traffic problems.