'No window hours' traffic scheme begins in Metro Manila

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2016 09:23 AM | Updated as of Oct 17 2016 11:00 AM

MANILA - The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will strictly implement the "no window hours" for the number coding scheme starting Monday.

The "no window hours" scheme shall apply to major thoroughfares like the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), C-5, Roxas Boulevard, and Alabang-Zapote Road.

It also applies to the entirety of Makati City, Las Piñas City, and Mandaluyong City.

Under this policy, vehicles are prohibited from travelling across said areas from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on a specific day of the week depending on the last digit of the license plate. Previously, vehicles affected by the number coding scheme may still pass through major roads during the window hours, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm.

MMDA Officer-in-charge Thomas Orbos told [email protected] their three-day dry run last week showed that the "no window hours' scheme has cut down travel time by 10 minutes.

"Before the no-window scheme that started in the dry run last October 12, the usual travel time from Monumento to Roxas boulevard was around 1 hour, 27 minutes, with a speed of around 15 kph," he said.

"We implemented the no-window scheme last October 12, and this was reduced to a 1 hour, 16 minutes or a total reduction of 10 minutes from your previous average. We were running about 18kph," he added.

The same results were seen on October 13, but there was a slowdown on the 14. Orbos attributed this to the "two big mall sales on that day and this was a payday and this was a Friday."

He added, there were about a thousand motorists physically accosted on the road during the dry-run, and more were apprehended through their no-contact policy.

"I would like to remind our fellow motorists that there are CCTVs all over EDSA and C-5, so it might just be better for you not to be hitting those roads if you are not supposed to be exempted," he said.

Orbos reminded motorists that violation of the new policy shall be penalized with P300 on the first and second offense.

"On the third offense you are supposed to be taking a seminar already. So I would rather that we adhere by the rules, rather than be inconvenienced by all these violations," he said.