After extending the no-window hours policy in the revised Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number-coding scheme until January 31, 2017, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that it will add another six months to the implementation.

Starting February 1 until July 31, 2017, there will be no window hours available for vehicles that are number-coded under the revised UVVRP.

Consultation among concerned agencies, which included Metro Manila Council (MMC) and the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT), were done and after reaching the conclusion that the scheme has eased traffic congestion in major road in the metropolis, the decision was made to extend the no-window hours policy.

MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos does not believe that the extension will result in people buying an extra vehicle to get around the revised UVVRP.

“We do not see motorists resort to buying another car just to avoid the No Window Hours policy. It is just impractical,” said Orbos.

The revised UVVRP covers all circumferential and radial roads in Metro Manila.