Quick guide: How to apply for a number coding scheme exemption

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by Drei Laurel | Mar 14, 2022
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For the most part, there’s little to no escaping the number coding scheme in Metro Manila. Also known as the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), the measure was created in the ’90s to reduce congestion in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Before, motorists were given some leeway thanks to window hours that allowed them to bypass areas covered by the scheme during certain times throughout the day. Now? The flexibility has been removed—though under Alert Level 1, coded vehicles may still be out on the road until 5pm in the afternoon (except in Makati City, where the UVVRP is now implemented from 7am to 7pm).

Some exemptions can be made, however. Below, you can find out if you qualify to be exempted from Metro Manila’s number coding scheme, and how to apply for one.

Who doesn’t need to apply for an exemption?

Since Metro Manila is still under Alert Level 1, certain types of vehicles with coded last numerals on their license plate are permitted to be out and about during UVVRP hours. These include transport network vehicle service (TNVS) units, public utility vehicles (PUV), commercial vehicles transporting essential goods, and utility vehicles like garbage trucks. The number coding scheme doesn’t apply to motorbikes as well.

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In Makati City, vehicles carrying senior citizens with the local government unit’s Blu Card are exempted, too.

Do I qualify for a number coding scheme exemption?

If you are a senior citizen or a person with a disability, yes. Vehicles used for business may also be exempted upon approval.

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What are the requirements?

To apply for a number coding scheme exemption, you will need the following requirements:

Number coding scheme exemption requirements

  1. Letter of request
  2. Photocopy of your vehicle’s OR/CR
  3. Senior citizen car (for senior citizens)
  4. Medical certificate (for PWDs)

Where do I submit the requirements?

You can submit your number coding exemption requirements to the Office of the Chairman at the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Main Building at EDSA corner Orense Street in Guadalupe, Makati City.

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Are there any fees to be paid for an exemption?

Yes. Below are fees you will need to settle if your application for a number coding exemption is approved:

Number coding exemption fees

  1. For private vehicles – P1,000
  2. For business purposes – P1,000

You may settle these fees at the MMDA’s Treasury Department located on the sixth floor of the agency’s main building.

How long does the exemption last?

Your exemption may fall on either of two coverage periods: January 1 to June 30, or July 1 to December 31.

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