In order to further reduce the number of vehicles on the road, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will re-examine exemptions to the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVRP) or the number coding scheme granted to doctors and other healthcare personnel in order to make sure that this will not be abused by people in the medical profession.

Part of the review process includes getting an endorsement from the hospital the doctor or healthcare personnel works for. “We are asking for the cooperation of hospitals in validating that the doctors asking for exemption of their vehicles are really intended for emergency purposes,” said MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos.

Orbos reiterated that exemptions will be granted only in consideration of exceptional humanitarian reasons and that only ‘vehicles carrying person needing immediate medical attention, official and marked media vehicles, among others’ will be given automatic exemption without the need for an MMDA exemption certificate.

The next time your doctor is late for your 11AM appointment, he may not be stuck in traffic, he’s probably having a hard time booking a cab or Uber as well.