How to Avoid Number Coding
The Number Coding Scheme—everyone in the Metro who owns a car knows about it. Also known as the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program, the scheme is designed to ease traffic congestion by preventing cars with a specific number at the end of their license plate to be on the road on a particular day.
For those who own more than one vehicle, the Number Coding Scheme practically has no effect. Unfortunately, number coding today poses a problem for those who only own one car and need to ply the streets of the Metro on a daily basis. If you’re unlucky enough to belong to the latter, let the information below help you find the best workaround for your situation and tip the scales in your favor.
“No Travel” Schedules for Vehicles
According to the Number Coding Scheme, a project initiated by the Metro Manila Development Authority, the number endings and their corresponding “no travel days” are as follows:
- 1 and 2 – no travel Monday
- 3 and 4 – no travel Tuesday
- 5 and 6 – no travel Wednesday
- 7 and 8 – no travel Thursday
- 9 and 0 – no travel Friday
Penalties and Fines
Drivers found violating the scheme face two consequences: confiscation of driver’s license or the issuance of a traffic ticket that carries a P300.00 fine. The type of penalty meted out will depend on the city where the violation occurred.
The good news is that the Number Coding Scheme isn’t a 24-hour rule—in fact, it is only in effect from 7 am to 7 pm, with number coding window hours generally from 10 am to 3 pm. That said, window hours may vary from city to city, so keep the following information in mind:
- The cities of Makati and Las Piñas do not have window hours. In these two cities, number coding is upheld straight from 7 am to 7pm.
- Pasig City is more generous than any other city with its window hours, which lasts from 9 am to 4 pm.
- Taguig City does not enforce the scheme in its internal roads, but puts it into effect on the National Roads within its boundaries, such as C5, East Service Road and Manuel L. Quezon.
- Parañaque city implements the scheme—along with the window hours from 10 am to 3 pm—only on the following roads:
-Dominique Savio St.
-France St. in Barangay Don Bosco.
-Michael Rua St.
-San Antonio Avenue
-East Service Road from Dr. Santos Avenue up to FTI Parañaque area
-West Service Road from Dr. Santos Avenue up to Merville Park Subdivision Parañaque area
- In Pasay City, the Number Coding Scheme is not implemented in the following areas:
-Ninoy Aquino Ave.
-Parts of Buendia
- The cities of Marikina and Muntinlupa do not practice MMDA Number Coding
- National thoroughfares such as Roxas Boulevard, C5, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue and EDSA follow the general window hours schedule regardless of which city they’re in.
As of 2016, the MMDA widened the scope of the number coding scheme and introduced a new “no window hour” policy in the city of Manila. This means that some areas that had “windows hours” will no longer let traffic pass during these times in an attempt to ease traffic congestion in the city.
Exemptions to the Rule
Every rule, has its exemptions, and the Coding Scheme is no different. For the following conditions, the scheme ceases to apply:
- Vehicles with passenger/s in need of immediate medical attention
- Doctors and other medical personnel
- Senior citizens in Makati carrying their BLU card
- Weekends and holidays
It’s all about Knowing Your Limitations
When dealing with road rules and regulations such as the Number Coding Scheme, it always helps to know the landscape. Let the information above guide you to use the scheme to your advantage. Should you have more specific queries, the MMDA contact number is as follows: (02) 882 1302.