If the recent proposal to add a third digit to the daily number-coding scheme caused you to panic, well can you rest easy now after the Metro Manila Council (MMC) and the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) turned down the proposal made by House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez.

As well-meaning as the proposal was, it’s highly prohibitive nature and the lack of time to prepare were factors in rejecting the proposal despite probability that it could reduce the current traffic condition by an extra 30 to 40 percent.

“The I-ACT has rejected the proposed 3 digit number coding scheme due to lack of time as it is not feasible to implement this at present,” said Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Celine Pialago.

Under the proposal, instead of banning only vehicles with plate numbers ending with 1 and 2 on Mondays, plate numbers ending with 3 will also be prohibited to travel.

The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) though opted to modify the proposal and suggest and EDSA-only implementation.

"On Mondays, 1 and 2 will still be banned in all roads. 3 will also be banned but just along EDSA. They can still pass through secondary roads for as long as they don't pass EDSA," said Police Superintendent Norberto Babagay of the PNP-HPG.