THE Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) will be suspended by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) during the holiday season.
MMDA Chairperson Francis Tolentino said the UVVRP, which is commonly known as the Number Coding Scheme, will be suspended from December 23 until January 4, 2015.
“The Number Coding Scheme is lifted starting December 23 2014 up to January 4, 2015,” Tolentino told reporters over the weekend.
Under the number coding scheme that aims to ease the volume of traffic on Metro Manila’s streets, vehicles are banned from major roads from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. depending on the last digit of their license plates.
Tolentino, however, warned motorists to brace themselves for heavy traffic in areas near airports and bus terminals because of an expected exodus of people going to the provinces.
The MMDA noted that traffic volume usually rises by 15 percent to 20 percent between November and December.
Tolentino said the agency deployed additional 443 personnel to assist motorists.