MMDA: No new number coding scheme for now as high fuel prices bring down traffic volume

Um, small consolation?
by | Jun 16, 2022
Metro Manila traffic along EDSA during evening rush hour
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Remember when the possible implementation of a new number coding scheme was being discussed a couple of months back? Our last update on it was that any new measure will likely take effect under the incoming administration.

So, here’s the latest from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA): At the moment, the agency sees no need to expand the current number coding scheme now that traffic volume is decreasing...because of increasing fuel prices. Small consolation, we guess?

Earlier this week, MMDA chairman Romando Artes said, “Yung mga may sasakyan, instead na magdala pa ng mga vehicles ng sariling pribadoay sumasakay na lang sa pampublikong transportasyon.”

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But public utility vehicles are naturally not exempt from the effects of higher fuel prices, too. Last week, jeepney operators and drivers in Metro Manila, Region III, and Region IV received the go-signal to add P1 to the minimum fare, bumping it up to P10. The Philippine National Taxi Operators Association is also appealing for a P20 increase to the flag-down rate, saying that the rate being used by taxi drivers right now is based on when fuel prices ranged from P40 to P45 per liter.

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If you have switched to alternative mobility to beat traffic and minimize your fuel expenses, Artes said that the MMDA is still pushing for elevated bike lanes and walkways. Also, the agency “is still studying proposals and will consult stakeholders” on whether major thoroughfares should get dedicated motorcycle lanes.

More as we have it. For now, no change to the number coding scheme is expected; if you need a refresher on the current guidelines, click here.

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