The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it would study whether to reimpose the number coding scheme and the truck ban along major thoroughfares in the metropolis.
MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said on Thursday, following the call of Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian to reimplement the coding scheme and the truck ban in the city to reduce the number of vehicles on roads this holiday season.
“Pag-aaralan natin ‘yan (We will study that),” Garcia told reporters in a virtual press conference, noting that public transport in the National Capital Region (NCR) cannot yet operate at its full capacity.
“Hindi pa ganoon ka normal ‘yung capacity ng public transport natin. I think 60 to 70 percent lang ang laman niyan (The capacity of our public transport is not yet that normal. I think that only contains 60 to 70 percent),” he said.
“Next, pagka tayo nag coding, I am expecting loads of request for exemption, ‘yung mga medical frontliners, health workers, essential workers (Next, when we do coding, I am expecting loads of request for exemption, such as medical frontliners, health workers, essential workers),” he added.
In a Teleradyo interview on Thursday, Gatchalian bared that he has asked MMDA to reimpose the number coding scheme and the truck ban in Valenzuela this Christmas season.
“Wala ngang number coding scheme so medyo ‘yung volume ng sasakyan punong-puno ngayon (There is no number coding scheme so the volume of the vehicle is quite full now),” he said.
“‘Yung truck ban, remember ang Valenzuela industrial city ‘to and kailangan namin ang truck ban kundi kasi sumasabay ang malalaking truck sa rush hour (The truck ban, remember Valenzuela is an industrial city and we need the truck ban because big trucks are going along with other vehicles during rush hour),” he added.
The mayor has also attributed the heavy traffic experienced by motorists in the city to the mandatory implementation of RFID in the North Luzon Expressway.
During the early days of the pandemic, the MMDA has indefinitely suspended the number coding scheme and the truck ban to ensure the unrestricted movement of essential workers and goods.