Vico Sotto suspends Pasig's odd-even traffic scheme

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 01 2019 03:22 PM | Updated as of Jul 01 2019 04:10 PM

MANILA -- (UPDATE) Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto on his first day in office on Monday suspended a nearly three-year-old odd-even scheme in the city and created a traffic management task force.

The scheme, which created confusion among motorists, banned vehicles with license plates ending in even numbers from Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and those with odd numbers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The September 2016 ordinance covered several roads: Elisco Road, R. Jabson St., San Guillermo Street, Sandoval Avenue, and F. Legaspi Bridge.

Sotto’s first executive order created a task force that will have “45 days to study the traffic situation and come up with new solutions to manage traffic.”

“Beyond managing traffic, to improve the mobility of our citizens in Pasig,” he said, adding road conditions and existing rules would be assessed.

The moratorium of the odd-even scheme was included in the EO and was the focus of Sotto’s first memorandum circular.

“All our traffic enforcers will no longer apprehend motorists for odd-even. Odd-even was an unfair scheme. It was disjointed and it is only right that we suspend the odd-even scheme,” he said.

Sotto said that while he couldn't repeal the original issuance, “given the wrong application of the ordinance, I can suspend it through the executive order and the memorandum circular that I have showed you.”

“Businesses can now move freely. Hindi na sila mahihirapan sa odd even scheme,” he said.

However, Sotto warned that traffic could to build up in the area “but we will study the solutions, we will study how to make things better.”

He said he would address, among others, illegally parked vehicles along the side of the roads.

After the flag-raising ceremony Monday morning, Sotto said the public should not expect traffic to be solved by only one mayor. He said he would reach out to other Metro Manila mayors.