The Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (i-ACT) and the Metro Manila Council (MMC) proposal to abolish 'Window Hours' for the Number Coding Scheme (also called the UVVRP) will be immediately implemented for private vehicles and public utility vehicles with a dry run starting October 12, 2016, Wednesday. i-ACT made the announcement earlier today in a press conference.
Window hours refer to the five-hour period (10 am – 3 pm) in between rush hours when motorists with 'coded' vehicles are allowed to ply the streets without violation.
The decision was made due to the expected rise in volume of vehicles in Metro Manila in the next few months, brought on by the holiday season.
Besides the aforementioned EDSA and C5, the 'No Window Hours' shall also be observed in Roxas Blvd., Alabang - Zapote Rd., and Mandaluyong City. Currently, the cities of Makati and Las Piñas do not implement window hours.
A dry run of the said scheme shall start on October 12 – 14, 2016.
The resolution is set to be officially implemented on October 17, 2016 until January 31, 2017. After January 31, i-ACT shall assess the impact of the 'No Window Hours' to see if it has alleviated traffic congestion and will submit the report to the Metro Manila Council through the Metro Manila Mayors, who will decide if it will be implemented further or permanently.
Besides the abolition of 'Window Hours,' i-ACT has also reached out to operators of Utility companies to set the moratorium on road repairs and diggings starting November 1, 2016 to January 9, 2017. It has also reached out to various mall operators on main roads in Metro Manila to discuss measures on alleviating traffic congestion, like moving sales to Saturday and requesting two weeks advanced notice before a sale is scheduled.
Under the Number Coding Scheme, vehicles with specific last digits on their plates or conduction stickers are banned on major roads from 7:00AM to 7:00PM as follows:
Monday: Plate ending 1, 2
Tuesday: Plate ending 3, 4
Wednesday: Plate ending 5, 6
Thursday: Plate ending 7, 8
Friday: Plate ending 9, 0