Modified coding smooth sailing, says MMDA

Ralph Edwin Villanueva - The Philippine Star
Modified coding smooth sailing, says MMDA
Slow moving traffic due to heavy volume of motorists plying the northbound lane of EDSA in Mandaluyong City on October 27, 2021. The MMDA said that vehicle volume is now back to pre-pandemic levels and may further increase as Metro Manila may possibly ease to Alert Level 2 with the downward trend in new daily COVID-19 cases.
Miguel De Guzman, file

MANILA, Philippines — The first day of the reimposition of the modified number coding scheme in Metro Manila went smoothly on Wednesday, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Neomie Recio, chief of the MMDA Traffic Engineering Center, said private motorists who violated the traffic policy were only reprimanded.

Starting yesterday, Recio said traffic citation tickets were issued to violators.

“While some motorists were no longer used to the number coding after its suspension for more than a year, the scheme’s reimposition was OK,” Recio told “The Chiefs” on One News/TV 5. “Based on our observation, every time there is a new traffic scheme, motorists may be a bit confused. Despite that, it was smooth sailing.”

The MMDA resumed the modified number coding scheme from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. for private vehicles only.

“We want to remind motorists that we have cameras installed along major thoroughfares to catch violators,” Recio said.

She said aside from the exemption of public utility vehicles such as buses, taxis and jeepneys, the MMDA is considering exempting transport network vehicle services from the number coding scheme.

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