Do you have a pending application for exemption to the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number-coding scheme? Well, don’t hold your breath until it gets there.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has temporarily suspended the processing and issuance of exemption from the number-coding scheme in order to review its current policies on the matter.

Due to the huge number of applications received by the agency, MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos wants to make sure that these exemptions will not defeat the purpose of the UVVRP.

“The volume of vehicles is there but we have to revisit the policies on the exemptions under the UVVRP because this might defeat the purpose of reducing the number of cars on the roads,” said Orbos.

Exemption from the UVVRP is subject to evaluation and the approval of the agency, and in emergency cases, exceptional humanitarian reasons.

Only official and marked media vehicles, and vehicles carrying persons in need of immediate medical attention are automatically exempted from the number-coding scheme without the need for an MMDA exemption certificate.