January 3, 2017
MMDA Suspends Number Coding for Provincial Buses Coming From Southern Luzon
The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the Number Coding Scheme is lifted today, Tuesday (Jan. 3) and tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan.4) for provincial buses coming Southern Luzon, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said the agency decided to suspend UVVRP for provincial buses to accommodate the bulk of the passengers going back to Metro Manila from the provinces for the Holiday break.
“This way, we can help thousands of passengers to book their trip back to Metro Manila because the earlier returning trips had all already been fully-booked,” Orbos said.
He said that the UVVRP suspension will afford bus companies to utilize all available units to fetch passengers from the provinces in Southern Luzon back to Metro Manila.
Orbos, however, pointed out that the lifting of the UVVRP will create traffic since more vehicles will be on the roads.
“We appeal to motorists for their understanding and to bear with us during the duration of the Number Coding suspension. We have to do this to allow people to get back to their respective work here in Metro Manila as soon as possible,” he said.
The lack of Manila-bound provincial buses has been compounded by the ongoing labor strike by a bus company which services the southern Luzon provinces.
Workers at the bus company have been on strike for almost a week now.