MMDA REJECTS RETURN OF NUMBER CODING , SAYS TRUCK BAN MAY BE REIMPOSED
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday said the number coding scheme will remain suspended this year while the government may reimplement the truck ban.
Number coding was suspended in the early months of quarantine following the ban on public transport to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The truck ban was lifted for the unhampered movement of essential goods during the pandemic.
“Maybe not yet. Alam naman natin na ang ating public transportation ay hindi pa ganoon ka-stable, hindi full capacity. Number 2, pag nag-coding tayo, I’m expecting loads and loads of requests for exemption,” MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said.
He said the bus lane in the innermost section of EDSA will also “definitely” stay until next year, as the government prioritizes commuters while the pandemic is ongoing.
Although the bus lane may have caused discomfort to those aboard private vehicles, Garcia said it has eased the travel for commuters along the major thoroughfare.
The trip from Monumento to Ayala was cut to just 45 minutes from what used to be 3 hours.