Just last week, the MMDA started implementation of a new UVVRP or Vehicular Volume Reduction Program. The new number coding scheme now includes buses plying Metro Manila. Last November 15th, bus companies ran a strike in protest of the inclusion of buses in the number coding scheme. The protest inconvenienced commuters and motorists in the area, particularly since classes in several levels were also suspended.
In recent news, the MMDA and LTFRB are reportedly planning to file complaints against bus operators that participated in the strike.
Studies have still to show the effectiveness of the modified UVVRP in alleviating traffic congestion in Metro Manila. Buses are often pointed out as sources of congestion, particularly nearing bus stops along major thoroughfares, such as EDSA, Commonwealth, Quezon Avenue, and the like.
With the number coding scheme, vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 are banned from metro streets from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays. On Tuesdays, 3 and 4 are banned. On Wednesdays, 5 and 6. On Thursdays, 7 and 8, and on Fridays, 9 and 0. Most cities and municipalities have window periods (e.g. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) in which private vehicles can pass streets–mostly during off-peak hours.
What do you think of the new number coding scheme? Is it effective? Or is it currently being counteracted by the usual holiday rush that’s common during the months of November and December?