MANILA - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is studying two proposals aimed at reducing the volume of vehicles plying EDSA and other major roads.
Speaking at the sidelines of the 11th Asian Crisis Management Conference which the MMDA hosted today, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that under the current number coding scheme, vehicles are banned from EDSA and other major Metro Manila roads from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m, depending on the last digit on their license plates.
Vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 or 2 are barred on Monday; 3 and 4 on Tuesdays; 5 and 6 on Wednesdays; 7 and 8 on Thursdays; and 9 and 0 on Fridays.
The new proposal seeks to bar four numbers instead of two per day.
Plate numbers ending in 1, 2, 3, 4 would be barred on Monday; 5, 6, 7, 8 on Tuesdays; 9, 0, 1, 2 on Wednesdays; 3, 4, 5, 6 on Thursdays; and 7, 8, 9 and 0 on Fridays.
The first proposal aims to bar vehicles with the aforementioned plate numbers from using EDSA and other major Metro Manila roads from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The second proposal is to ban the vehicles with the aforementioned plate numbers along EDSA only, at the specified time frame.
Tolentino said the proposals will still be discussed and decided upon by the Metro Manila mayors.
With the proposed system, the MMDA projects to reduce the volume of vehicles along EDSA, which is currently at 326,504, by 40%.
In 2010, there were only 1.9 million vehicles in Metro Manila, In 2013, this has already reached 2.3 million.
Tolentino noted that for a mega-city like Metro Manila, 25 percent of the total land area should be allotted for roads. Based on the MMDA's records, only 5,000 kilometers of road network is in place instead of the ideal target of 8,000 kilometers.