‘No window hours’ policy dry run starts


A three-day dry run on the “no window hours” policy for the number coding scheme on some Metro Manila roads kicked off on Wednesday. Under the scheme, the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. window hours are no longer enforced on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), C-5, Roxas Boulevard, Alabang-Zapote Road and all roads in the cities of Mandaluyong, Makati and Las Piñas. This means that private vehicles covered by the day’s number coding scheme are banned to traverse these traffic-troubled thoroughfares. This week’s violators will not be issued citation tickets yet but will be flagged down to be reminded of the new policy. Traffic violation tickets will be issued starting October 17 until January 31 next year for the full implementation of the policy. Noemi Recio,
Metro Manila Development Authority’s Traffic Discipline Office executive director, said the removal of window hours would lead to the reduction of the number of vehicles passing through EDSA and C-5 by 18 to 20 percent, or about 1,000 private vehicles. The number of vehicles passing through EDSA, Recio added, swells up to 7,500 during peak hours, exceeding the road’s capacity of 6,000 vehicles.


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