The traffic jams of Metro Manila seem to have left the Metro Manila Development Authority with only a few options. According to reports, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia has asked that all local government units lift the window hours policy in their respective cities.
Currently, the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or more commonly known as Coding, sees some Metro Manila cities allow coded vehicles to use their roads between 9:00AM to 4:00PM or 10:00AM to 3:00PM. The MMDA says they are working to have those window hours revoked.
In an ambush interview in the MMDA building in Makati City, Garcia was quoted as saying, "We requested to standardize the no window hour policy. From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., all cities (will follow that), except those that do not implement the number coding scheme such as Marikina, Taguig, and Navotas.” He added that during the Metro Manila Council meeting, majority of the LGUs approved the said proposal to standardize the “no window hours” policy.
The removal of the window hours policy is aimed towards easing traffic congestion and to address motorists’ confusion on the different window hours policy in every city. Garcia said, “Our problem is the volume of vehicles. If we can reduce the volume of vehicles on the road, we can also ease traffic congestion. We want to avoid confusion. So we standardized the number coding scheme from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.”
He further added, “Effective today, there will be 'no window hours' on national roads. The MMDA covers the national roads. We will arrest violators.” MMDA head honcho Garcia also emphasized that the no “window hours policy” will be implemented on national roads, including the Mabuhay Lane routes.