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MMDA denies May 16th implementation of new coding scheme

May 14, 2022 - Saturday 4:05 PM by Tamara Morrigan Catada

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority yet again dismissed information  regarding the implementation of the new number coding scheme as "fake news."

This refers to an infographic circulating on social media stating that the coding scheme will take effect on Monday, May 16th.

MMDA Chairman Romando Artes clarified that the Metro Manila Council has yet to decide on the expanded number coding scheme.

The Metro Manila mayors are requesting additional data on the proposed scheme before they get together to discuss the matter.

Under the expanded coding scheme, vehicles will be banned from traversing EDSA and other major thoroughfares twice a week: Mondays and Tuesdays for vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2; 3 and 4 on Mondays and Thursdays; 5 and 6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 7 and 8 on Tuesdays and Fridays; and 9 and 0 on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Artes added that there was a proposal to wait for the formal transition to the new administration before implementing changes. Another recommendation calls for a review of the number coding scheme every three months.

The current modified number coding scheme will remain in effect: from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 are not allowed on major roads on Mondays; 3 and 4 on Tuesdays; 5 and 6 on Wednesdays; 7 and 8 on Thursdays; and 9 and 0 on Fridays.

Recently, another infographic circulated online stating that the new coding scheme has been in effect since May 1st --- which the MMDA also denied.

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