Following its three-day trial, authorities have implemented improvements on the no-window hours policy in private vehicles that has been effective since Monday.
According to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Tim Orbos, the adjustments were made after Metro Manila mayors notice positive changes brought about by the no-window hours policy since its pilot testing, The Manila Bulletin reported.
Read on for the five updates on MMDA’s latest traffic policy.
1. MMDA extends number-coding scheme
In a statement on Monday, Orbos announced the number-coding scheme will be extended from 7 am - 7 pm to 7 am to 8 pm. The lengthened scheme will be effective beginning next week and violators will be issued with a traffic ticket and charged with a P300 fine.
2. No-window policy to cover 18 more major roads
Orbos also disclosed that 18 additional major thoroughfares in Metro Manila will be covered by the new policy starting Nov. 1. This includes: A. Bonifacio Avenue; Araneta Avenue; C-6 Road; Carlos P. Garcia Avenue; Commonwealth Avenue; Del Pan; Marcos Highway; McArthur Highway; President Quirino Avenue; Quezon Avenue; Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, Aurora Boulevard; Recto Avenue; Rizal Avenue; Shaw Boulevard; Ortigas Avenue; South Luzon Expressway (SLEX); and Taft Avenue.
The no-window scheme is currently being implemented on EDSA, C5, Roxas Boulevard, and Alabang-Zapote Road, and in Mandaluyong, Las Piñas, and Makati.
3. Metro Manila mayors support the new policy
The general manager noted that Metro Manila mayors are supportive of the implementation of the rule.
“Several mayors were pushing already for a Metro Manila-wide no ‘window hours’ policy but they reconsidered it because it’s Christmas season and such may have adverse effects to commerce,” Orbos was quoted as saying after a Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting.
The MMC, composed of 17 mayors in the metropolis, is the governing and policy-making body of the MMDA.
4. MMDA takes charge of apprehending erring motorists
As of 3 pm on Monday, the MMDA had already apprehended 58 erring motorists along EDSA and 38 in C5 road since the scheme went full swing, GMA News reported. Orbos disclosed that coming next on their traffic management projects would be the strict implementation of anti-illegal parking regulations.
5. Caloocan City Mayor pushes for a 24-hour no-window policy
Meanwhile, Caloocan City Mayor Oca Malapitan suggested implementing the no-window scheme for 24 hours since heavy traffic is still present on major routes beyond 7 or 8 pm. He said that the 24-hour long scheme should be considered since motor vehicles still clog the roads before and after the no-window hours. However, this idea was rebuffed to give way for the Christmas season.
Under the no-window scheme, private vehicles are banned from the major roads the whole day, once a week, depending on the last digit of the license plates of the vehicle concerned, even past the morning and evening rush hours. The scheme is in effect until January 31, 2017.
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