The window hours for the UVVRP or number coding scheme, will be shut down by the MMDA and DOTr on the two major circumferentials roads in the metropolis: C-5 and EDSA. This announcement means that the full 7:00AM to 7:00PM number coding will be enforced along those two major thoroughfares.
The statement was made by Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Thomas Orbos at the Department of Transportation (DOTr) press briefing held by Sec. Arthur Tugade and the officials heading up the agencies attached to the DOTr. The announcement was based on the agreeement that was reached at the Metro Manila Council meeting earlier this week.
The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), more commonly known as the number coding scheme, is a policy implemented since the 1990's wherein certain vehicles are disallowed from plying the streets of the metropolis from 7:00AM to 7:00PM based on the ending number of their plates.
The scheme has since been relaxed in many cities in Metro Manila to have a window between 10:00AM and 3:00PM (9:00AM to 4:00PM for Pasig City) wherein “coded” vehicles will be allowed on the road.
Under the announcement made by MMDA Chairman Orbos, the full and original coding policy will be implemented in an effort to reduce vehicular traffic on Metro Manila's two main radial roads: Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA, or circumferential road 4) and C-5 (circumferential road 5).
The policy will take effect as soon as it is properly published, though the MMDA Chairman said that they are targetting to implement it soon. On the DOTr Facebook page, the agency announced that they will implement the coding window suspension starting October 31, 2016 up to January 31, 2017.
Under the UVVRP, vehicles with plates 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