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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Number Coding, Light Truck Ban Starts December 1


Merry Christmas, Metro Manila motorists. Number Coding is back effective today, Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

The scheme covers private vehicles only (regardless of the number of occupants) and will be implemented during the afternoon rush hour from 5 PM. to 8 PM from Mondays to Fridays, except holidays.

According to MMDA Resolution No. 21-30, per the recent travel survey and analysis which was conducted by the MMDA Traffic Engineering Center, including vehicle volume count, travel time and travel speed study, and average daily traffic rate, it was determined that the current traffic situation is approaching the pre-pandemic levels.

This as the MMDA reported that the average speed on the northbound portion of EDSA has slowed down to just 9.66 km/h when Metro Manila shifted to Alert Level 2. The Number Coding is expected to reduce the number of vehicles by around 2,700 per day on that main thoroughfare.

The authorities reminded motorists that vehicles with plates ending in 1 and 2 are prohibited on Monday, 3 and 4 on Tuesday, 5 and 6 on Wednesday, 7 and 8 on Thursday, 9 and 0 on Friday.

Exempted from the number coding scheme are public utility vehicles (PUVs), including tricycles, transport network vehicle service (TNVS), motorcycles, garbage and fuel trucks, and vehicles carrying essential and perishable goods.

The PUVs are exempted from the scheme as they are under limited passenger capacity under Alert Level 2.

Meanwhile, Abalos said the light trucks ban along EDSA will be reimplemented, but with modification.

Light trucks shall be prohibited along EDSA between Magallanes, Makati City and North Avenue, Quezon City, both northbound and southbound, from 5:00AM to 9:00 PM from Mondays to Fridays, except holidays.

Light trucks refer to motor vehicles, whether for commercial use or not, with a gross capacity weight of 4,500 kilograms or below and/or having six (6) or more tires, the payload area of which are either enclosed or open.

Meanwhile, the total truck ban policy along EDSA between Magallanes, Makati City and North Avenue, Quezon City, both northbound and southbound, shall remain and be strictly enforced with the exception of garbage trucks, fuel trucks, and trucks carrying essential and/or perishable goods. On the other hand, the truck ban hours in the NCR shall remain suspended until further notice.

Trucks refer to motor vehicles, whether for commercial use or not, with a gross capacity weight of above 4,500 kilograms. 

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