Recently, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) made changes to the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number-coding scheme. They added a 7:00 to 10:00 AM restriction to motorists with coding vehicles along major thoroughfares to go along with the usual 5:00 to 8:00 PM schedule.

Now, we have confirmed that the MMDA has also reduced the number of individuals that are exempted from the number-coding scheme. According to the agency, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens are no longer exempted, meaning they have to make do with the 10:01 AM to 4:59 PM window hours in case they have coding vehicles.

However, we should keep in mind this is only under the MMDA's jurisdiction. Makati City, on the other hand, still exempts vehicles carrying Senior Citizen Blu Card holders and also those with official functions and medical emergencies as stated in the Makati Traffic Code.

So as not to get confused if you should travel or not to Metro Manila cities on your coding days, the MMDA gave us other information regarding the implementation of number coding:

MUNTINLUPA - Vehicles going Ayala-Alabang National Road, Alabang-Zapote Road corner Buencamino and North Gate follows the MMDA Coding Scheme. (The rest of the city has none)

MALABON - No Coding Scheme

NAVOTAS - No Coding Scheme

MARIKINA - No Coding Scheme

PATEROS - No Coding Scheme

TAGUIG - No Coding Scheme

BGC - No Coding Scheme

Expressways (NLEX / SLEX) and Skyway - No Coding Scheme

EDSA-Makati area (EDSA stretch) will be under the modified coding scheme from 7AM to 10AM and 5PM to 8PM.

For other Metro Manila cities not mentioned above, they follow the MMDA's number coding scheme. On the other hand, these are the individuals that are still exempt from coding based on the MMDA's directive:

  • Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs - including tricycles)

  • Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS)

  • Motorcycles

  • Garbage, Fuel, Fire trucks

  • Marked Government Vehicles and Marked Media Vehicles

  • School services with yellow plate and franchise from LTO

  • Motor vehicles carrying essential and/or perishable goods.

  • Medical Doctors with valid and updated PRC License.

We hope these would clear things out and serve as a reminder for our dear motorists before heading out on the roads to avoid being apprehended.