Traffic is back, and we're not the only ones experiencing it. Nearly everywhere you go in Metro Manila, you're bound to be stuck in traffic, especially during rush hour. It seems the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has noticed too. The agency previously announced that vehicle traffic in EDSA has reached nearly pre-pandemic levels.
To help alleviate the heavy traffic motorists are experiencing, the MMDA is considering bringing back the number coding scheme. According to a report, MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos says the agency is discussing whether or not to resume number coding in Metro Manila given the worsening traffic situation during the upcoming holidays.
The report adds that the coding scheme could be implemented from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM and once again from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. We have since reached out to the MMDA Metrobase and confirmed that the agency is indeed considering bringing back number coding. However, they said there is no advisory yet on whether or not the decision to resume number coding is final.
We can expect the MMDA to make an official announcement should they decide to push through with the resumption of coding. The agency will have to give motorists a heads up first before its reimplemented.
More people are starting to go out of their homes as the government relaxes quarantine restrictions. Recently, they even lifted the 12:00 AM to 4:00 AM curfew to make way for adjusted mall hours. With the current traffic situation in Metro Manila, do you think the MMDA should push through with resuming number coding? Will it help alleviate traffic, or will coding make it harder for motorists to get to and from work? Let us know your opinion in the comments.