MMDA: No plans to implement proposed new coding scheme soon

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 21) — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on Tuesday said that it does not see the need to implement soon the proposed expanded number coding scheme as less vehicles are on the road due to soaring fuel prices.

“Sa ngayon po wala tayong plano na magpatupad ng expanded number coding scheme dahil nakikita po namin na wala naman pong pangangailangan sa ngayon dahil po patuloy na nababawasan ang bilang ng mga sasakyan sa ating lansangan at moderate pa lang naman po yung traffic,” said MMDA chairperson Romando Artes in a public briefing.

[Translation: As of now, we don’t have any plans to implement the expanded number coding scheme because we don’t see the need for it now because the number of vehicles on the road continue to decline and the traffic is still at moderate situation.]

The MMDA earlier proposed two changes in the number coding scheme. The first option is to ban vehicles with license plates ending with even numbers from major Metro Manila roads on Tuesdays and Fridays, while plates ending with odd numbers are banned on Mondays and Thursdays.

The other proposal is to ban vehicles on roads twice weekly depending on the end number of their license plates.

Artes said that the number of vehicles in EDSA is dwindling as pump prices continue to soar.

“Noong May 5, nagpabilang tayo ng sasakyan sa EDSA, ang lumabas po ay 417,000, which is above na po sa 405,000 na pre-pandemic level. Pero nung June 9, nagpabilang po tayo ulit ng sasakyan, ang lumabas po sa bilang sa EDSA ay 392,000. The other day, nagpabilang po tayo ulit, ang lumabas ay 390,000 na lamang,” he said. “Ang tingin po namin na malaking factor diyan ay yung patuloy na pagtaas ng produktong petrolyo.”

[Translation: On May 5, we asked for a count in EDSA and there were 417,000 vehicles, which is above the 405,000 during the pre-pandemic. But on June 9, we asked for another count, there were 392,000 vehicles in EDSA. The other day, we asked again for another count, there were only 390,000. I think the biggest factor in that is the continuous rise of fuel prices.]

Fuel firms on Tuesday raised anew for the third straight week the per-liter prices of gasoline by ₱0.80, diesel by ₱3.10, and kerosene by ₱1.70.

The MMDA said implementation of its proposal will be up to the next administration.

“Siguro po ay iiwan na po natin ‘yan sa susunod na administrasyon na mag-decided kung kailan kailangan i-expand yung number coding scheme,” said Artes.

[Translation: I think we will just leave it to the next administration to decide when the number coding scheme needs to be expanded].