After receiving harsh criticism from various sectors regarding their newly proposed ‘Windows 2’ or the modified odd-even scheme for private vehicles, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announces that its implementation will deferred to a later date.
This comes after the Metro Manila Council, consisting of city mayors and heads of municipalities across the National Capital Region, summarily rejected the proposed traffic scheme and asked the MMDA to revise it after consulting with various stakeholders.
The modified odd-even scheme would be implemented through a two-hour period for private vehicles, including the ones registered with online transport systems like Uber and Grab, with digits ending in odd and even numbers from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
“The odd-even ban would be every two hours which means from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. - odd; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - even; grace period from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - odd; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - even; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - odd; and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. - even,” said MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos.
“The MMDA emphasizes that finding viable measures to address the traffic problem in Metro Manila is a continuous process and may entail drastic changes and deviation from the present norms. The agency is appealing to the public for cooperation and understanding,” the MMDA said in a statement.