MMDA chair dubs odd-even traffic scheme as ‘too drastic’

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) acting Chair Tim Orbos said that the ‘odd-even’ number-coding scheme may be ‘too drastic’ to implement. As noted by Orbos, he had earlier contemplated on implementing the scheme at least along the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), but after series of consultations it was found that the measure would be too drastic and not doable yet as of time being. In addition to this, Orbos stressed that the no-window hour number-coding scheme and the no-weekday mega sale in malls are likely staying.

As such, the MMDA official said that regulating delivery vans and trucks along EDSA is also being mulled in the soonest possible time. Based on the official’s explanation, the scheme will require trucks and delivery vans, as well as transportation network companies (TNC) such as Grab and Uber, rental taxis, and fuel trucks to be fined an anti-congestion fee. Travel of these vehicles along EDSA will have to be rationed during peak hours, he added; citing that more traffic schemes will be implemented in the next few days. Moreover, Orbos announced that no special traffic schemes or rerouting and road closures will be implemented during the conduct of the Miss Universe pageant on January 30. Assuring that EDSA will not be affected, he said that the event is confined at the Mall of Asia Arena area in Pasay. He likewise said that the MMDA will provide support to the pageant organizers on traffic management to make sure that the big event will be conducted smoothly without any hassle.
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