On his first day in office, new Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has just fulfilled a promise that he made when he was elected.
In a post on social media, Mayor Sotto confirmed that he signed a new Executive Order that mandates the Traffic Management Task Force of Pasig City to suspend the odd-even number coding scheme that the previous administration implemented on selected roads as a means to reduce traffic within Pasig.
The odd-even scheme, technically-speaking, is a road rationing method just like the more common number coding scheme that bans vehicles with plates (or conduction stickers) ending in 1-2 on Mondays, 3-4 on Tuesdays, 5-6 on Wednesdays, 7-8 on Thursdays, and 9-0 on Fridays. Theoretically, it reduces traffic by about 20% on a daily basis.
Unlike number coding, however, odd-even bans vehicles with plates (or conduction stickers) ending in odd-numbered last digits on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays while even-numbered last digits will be barred on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. And Pasig City implemented it on selected roads going into the city from the east like Cainta, Antipolo, Binangonan, Angono and other areas in Rizal.
This prevents approximately 50% of all vehicles from entering Pasig's jurisdiction, forcing motorists to take major roads such as Ortigas Avenue, among others.
The new Mayor went so far as to call the odd-even traffic scheme “disjointed and unjust”.
Mayor Sotto also stated that he has directed the Traffic Management Task Force to “review and propose new solutions for the current mobility and traffic situation”.