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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has updated its guidelines on the number-coding scheme after the agency’s recent decision to cancel several exemptions caused confusion among motorists.

The number-coding scheme, implemented to reduce traffic volume in Metro Manila, prohibits certain vehicles from plying the roads from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. depending on the last digit of their plate number. A vehicle with a plate number ending in 1 or 2 is banned from Metro Manila roads on Mondays, 3 or 4 on Tuesdays, 5 or 6 on Wednesdays, 7 and 8 on Thursdays, and 9 or 0 on Fridays. The vehicle-reduction scheme is not applied on weekends and holidays.

Some local government units, however, give consideration to banned vehicles during non-rush hours. Here are the things you need to know if you’re driving in Metro Manila:

  • There are no window hours in Makati, Malabon and Las Piñas.
  • Pasig City’s window hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Window hours in Caloocan, Mandaluyong, Manila, Navotas, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan and Valenzuela are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The following roads are exempted from Pasay City’s implementation of the number-coding scheme: Ninoy Aquino Avenue, MIA Road, Domestic Road, Airport Road, Sales Road and portions of Buendia.
  • The following roads have window hours regardless of their location: EDSA, C-5, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, and Roxas Boulevard.
  • The number-coding scheme is not applied in the following cities: Marikina, Muntinlupa, Taguig and Parañaque.
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