The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is planning to remove the five-hour window in the Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), commonly referred to as "color-coding," to ease traffic.
The agency is also looking at the possibility of exempting one-car households from the UVVRP.
"Traffic on the streets becomes even more congested because some vehicles wait for the (number-coding) window to open," MMDA chairman Oscar Inocentes said in a report on ABS-CBNNews.com. "And besides, in cities like Makati and San Juan, the number coding scheme is not honored and this only confuses motorists."
The current UVVRP bans the use of vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 on Mondays, 3 and 4 on Tuesdays, 5 and 6 on Wednesdays, 7 and 8 on Thursdays and 9 and 0 on Fridays. The five-hour window is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in most Metro Manila cities. In Pasig City, the window is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Inocentes said the MMDA understands the inconvenience of the UVVRP on households which have only one car.
"We don't want those with only one car to suffer," added Inocentes.
The only vehicles exempted from the number coding scheme are rescue units, ambulances, emergency response units, and those owned by doctors.