Today, December 1, 2021, marks the resumption of the number coding scheme in Metro Manila. Unlike before, however, it won't be in effect the whole day. Instead, it will only be implemented during the afternoon rush hour from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) calls it modified coding, and we will see whether it is effective tonight. But aside from private motorists, it seems trucks will be subject to “coding” as well.
The MMDA also released an advisory regarding light trucks passing through EDSA. Specifically, they say light trucks will no longer be allowed to pass through EDSA depending on the day and the ending number of their license plates. Unlike the coding for private motorists, the “Modified Light Trucks Ban” will be in effect nearly the entire day – from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
According to the agency, the modified light truck ban won't be in effect throughout the entire EDSA. Instead, trucks will only be prohibited from the stretch of North Avenue in Quezon City until Magallanes in Makati City. This is applicable for both northbound and southbound lanes of EDSA. The coding will also be in effect on weekdays only with the exemption of holidays.
Similar to coding for private vehicles, light trucks with plates ending in 1 and 2 will not be allowed to traverse through EDSA on Mondays, 3 and 4 on Tuesdays, 5 and 6 on Wednesdays, 7 and 8 on Thursdays, and 9 and 0 on Fridays. That means if it's not “coding day” for your light truck, it's okay to pass through EDSA without having to worry about being flagged down by MMDA enforcers.
Per the MMDA, light trucks are those that have a gross capacity of 4,500kg or below and with 6 or more wheels. Exempted from the light truck ban, however, are garbage trucks, fuel trucks, and trucks carrying essential or perishable goods.