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MMDA chair mulls two-day coding anew; seeks support of council

MMDA chair mulls two-day coding anew; seeks support of council image

/ John Barney Biscocho | July 03, 2017 12:57

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim seeks support of Metro Manila Council for two-day coding

New MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim has suggested the implementation of a two-day number-coding scheme to further alleviate traffic in Metro Manila.

This proposal comes after he was quoted saying "At this time, I will not be introducing any fancy traffic scheme. By going back to basics I mean strict adherence to our existing laws, practicing a culture of discipline, road courtesy, and changing the habits of the people," upon his appointed to the role.

At a recent House committee on transport hearing, Lim sought the support of the Metro Manila Council, the agency's policy-making body, which denied the same proposal put forth last year.

"There are too many cars here in Metro Manila. There are around 2.5 million to 2.6 million registered vehicles here. These numbers represent 30 percent of all vehicles registered all over the country. It is very hard to address traffic in the capital because of the increasing volume of cars while the number of roads is still the same. We need to do a little sacrifice and maybe we should implement a two-day number-coding scheme every week to improve the flow of traffic in the region," said Lim.

At the time of writing, the two-day coding scheme is still under review. Before this proposed scheme, Tim Orbos, MMDA officer in charge and general manager, also suggested an odd-even scheme to the discretion of Metro Manila mayors. This idea has since been scrapped.