After delaying the implementation of the modified number coding scheme, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has officially announced that the modified unified vehicular volume reduction program (M-UVVRP) will be enforced starting next week, June 8. This comes after the new regulation was unanimously approved by all of the mayors that comprise the 17 LGUs that make up Metro Manila.
Under the MMDA's Regulation No. 2020-001, all private vehicles carrying two or more passengers (including the driver) are automatically exempted from the modified number coding scheme. That means the driver is part of the passenger count. However, the MMDA said that all passengers must follow physical distancing measures, and all are wearing face masks while inside the vehicles.
Apart from that, medical front-liners such as doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel driving private vehicles will also be exempted from the modified number coding scheme. Likewise, all authorized persons outside residences (APORs) are exempted as well based on the latest guidelines released by the Inter-Agency Task Force.
Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS), on the other hand, must put up a sign on their vehicles in order for MMDA traffic constables to see that they are in fact TNVS.
The number coding scheme was originally suspended last March 13 after President Duterte placed Metro Manila (and the rest of Luzon) under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). But with Metro Manila and the rest of the country now downgraded to General Community Quarantine (GCQ), there has been a steady increase of vehicular traffic in the National Capital Region.
By enforcing the modified UVVRP, this will limit the number of vehicles traversing major roads and cities during weekdays amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vehicles with plate numbers/conduction stickers ending in 1 and 2 will be barred on Mondays while cars ending in 3 and 4 are not allowed to travel on Tuesdays. Meanwhile, vehicles with numbers ending in 5 and 6 are banned to ply the roads on Wednesdays. Vehicles that have plates/stickers that end in 7 and 8 are not permitted to leave on Thursdays. Finally, cars that have 9 or 0 on their plates will be restricted to travel on Fridays.