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09 April 2013

MMDA issues reminder that brand new vehicles are covered by number coding too

Words by Christopher Kho
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We hate to burst your bubble, but your newly-bought pride and joy (that has yet to be issued number plates) is not exempted from number coding. The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had just issued a reminder to all motorists that the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), otherwise known as the number coding scheme, does cover brand new vehicles without license plates. In this case, the last digit on the conduction sticker will be followed.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino signed Memorandum Circular Number 06 Series of 2013 which details the implementation guidelines of the UVVRP for new vehicles without license plates. It will be effective 15 days after publication which we estimated to be somewhere in mid-April.
"In view of the temporary unavailability of license plates from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and for the purpose of the implementation of the UVVRP, the last numerical digit of the conduction stickers shall determine the day the vehicle is covered by the number coding," Tolentino said.
The Circular dictates that dealers and owners of brand new vehicles must not remove the conduction sticker from the vehicle, that is until a license plate is issued. But here's where it gets tricky. The MMDA wants the conduction sticker to be placed where the license plates should be, instead of the upper right hand corner of the front and rear windshields which has been done for the past few decades. They say, this makes the implementation of the UVVRP much more efficiently.
Of course, the conduction stickers can be removed once the LTO issues the license plates.
"This improvisation is only for the purpose of UVVRP implementation. The regulation shall not supplant any law, rules, and regulations concerning vehicle registration. Upon the installation of LTO-issued license plates, the vehicle shall be covered by the UVVRP using the last numerical digit of the license plate as basis," Tolentino pointed out.
MMDA added that a fine of P300 shall be imposed on violators. We're just not quite sure which violation they're referring to: the unauthorized removal of the conduction sticker or not following the UVVRP itself. But one thing's for sure. Vehicle owners will now be forced to remove those ghastly conduction stickers once they get their license plates, instead of leaving them on until the end of time.