MANILA - Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday said she is not in favor of the proposed expanded coding scheme wherein private vehicles will be banned from major roads for 2 days a week, instead of just one day.
If implemented, the senator said rich car-owners have the ability to buy more vehicles to avoid being affected by the Metro Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) proposed traffic solution.
"Gustuhin man natin ang mabilis na solusyon sa trapiko, hindi dapat ito 'knee-jerk' reaction para sa kaginhawahan ng iilan," said Poe in a statement Wednesday.
The senator said a similar expanded number coding scheme was proposed to address Christmas traffic woes but was voted down by the Metro Manila Council last year.
"Sana [hu]wag naman gawing guinea pigs ang ating mga kababayan na lagi na lang ginagawang experimento," Poe said, adding that the MMDA's proposal needs more study and public consultation.
Under the MMDA's proposal, private vehicles will be banned from major roads for 2 days in a week, instead of just one day. Up to 30 percent of all registered vehicles in the country are in Metro Manila.