The number coding scheme in Metro Manila will be implemented once again starting December 1, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The MMDA confirmed that the number coding scheme will be effective every Monday to Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., except on holidays, and will only cover private vehicles.

Vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 are not allowed on Monday; 3 and 4 on Tuesday; 5 and 6 on Wednesday; 7 and 8 on Thursday; 9 and 0 on Friday. 

“Data shows that the travel speed along the northbound portion of EDSA is 9.66 kilometers per hour. Hence, we have to reinstate the number coding scheme during the afternoon rush hours to address the problem. We are trying to exhaust all options here,” MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said in a statement.

“The solution to this problem is efficient traffic management and mass transport system,” he added.

Meanwhile, public utility vehicles (including tricycles), transport network vehicle services (TNVS), motorcycles, garbage trucks, fuel trucks, motor vehicles carrying essential and/or perishable goods will be exempted from the modified number coding scheme. 

Moreover, a light truck ban along Edsa will also be enforced, but with some modification. 

Light trucks are not allowed to ply along Edsa between Magallanes, Makati City and North Avenue, Quezon City, both northbound and southbound, from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays, except holidays. Ronald Espartinez