Words by Leslie Sy
 
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Traffic conditions in Metro Manila has gone from bad to worst in the last few months. This is despite the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) vehicle number coding scheme of banning private and commercial vehicles from the city streets one day a week. Originally planned as a temporary measure to ease traffic conditions around the construction areas in the city's road flyovers back in 1995, it has since become the MMDA's permanent solution to easing the Metro's traffic woes.
 
But recently, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino is proposing a shift from the current two-digit Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) into a four-digit system as a potential way to ease the traffic congestion in the Metro. With the proposed new four-digit system, vehicles get banned from the city roads twice a week.
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It was only a month ago when the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) began implementing a new number coding scheme for brand new vehicles. Memorandum Circular No. 06 entitled “Guidelines in the implementation of the UVVRP for new vehicles without license plates but with conduction stickers” required new car owners, specifically those who have yet to be issued plates by the LTO, to prominent display the conduction sticker number “on spaces allotted for regular license plates in front and at the rear of the vehicle.”
 
The problem was, the MMDA simply wanted car owners to copy the conduction sticker number on a piece of card board and place it on the plate number holder. So unless you've got serious art skills, chances are, your home made temporary plate will look like a preschooler's art project and so will your brand new ride.
 
Luckily, new Volvo owners won't have to go through this trouble. That's because Volvo Philippines is providing them with specially-made conduction plates until the LTO issues them license plates.
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Words by Christopher Kho
 
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If you're driving a brand new car with no plate numbers, you definitely need to listen up. The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has begun implementing Memorandum Circular No. 06 entitled “Guidelines in the implementation of the UVVRP for new vehicles without license plates but with conduction stickers.”
 
The newly-signed memorandum reiterates that brand new vehicles without license plates are also covered by the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), otherwise known as the number coding scheme. But here's the catch. As we've reported earlier this month, MMDA wants dealers and vehicle owners to prominently display the conduction sticker “on spaces allotted for regular license plates in front and at the rear of the vehicle.”
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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.
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Words by Jade Lu | Photo courtesy of Fung Yu of www.360journals.com
 
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*UPDATE*
The Comelec has just published the list of 22 areas where campaign motorcased are prohibited. Motorcades on minor roads, on the other hand, while allowed, are required to submit prior notice to the MMDA so they can reroute traffic.
 
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has put a ban on candidates running in the May 2013 elections from campaigning on major thoroughfares through the use of motorcades. According to Comelec Chief Sixto Brillantes Jr, the resolution will most likely take effect within the week, with 18 major roads intended to be included in the ban including EDSA, C-5, SLEX, and Taft Avenue.
 
Although motorcades will still be allowed on all minor streets, banning them on these busier roads will help in preventing additional traffic during the campaign season.
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Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City has been dubbed as a “killer highway” due to the number of fatal road accidents recorded along its 12.4 km stretch. This prompted the MMDA to impose a 60 km/h speed limit along the highway back in 2011. However, it was only enforced between Philcoa and Sandiganbayan due to lack of equipment. But starting last February 26, 2013 (Tuesday), the 60 km/h speed limit has been extended up to Doña Carmen Ave. which is 2.3 km more than previously enforced.
 
It has been revealed that the MMDA has indeed procured additional speed guns that allows them to police the remaining stretch of Commonwealth Ave. They also have plans of installing more CCTV cameras along the highway.
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February 25 will always be remembered as the day that the Filipino people joined hands and rose together to bring down a dictator. And to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the People Power Revolution, several events will take place along EDSA from February 24 to 25, 2013. Thankfully, the MMDA has mapped out road closures affected by the events so you can avoid driving through these areas. They've also announced that the Number Coding scheme will be in full effect on February 25 (Monday).
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Words by Christopher Kho
 
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In case you haven't heard the news, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has a brilliant plan of rehabilitating the 22.9 kilometer stretch of EDSA. The project will cost a whopping P3.7 billion of taxpayers' money and take between 12 to 24 months to complete, depending on who you're talking to. But thankfully, our dear President Benigno Aquino III has put the outrageous project on hold due to the inconvenience it poses to the hundreds of thousands of motorists who ply through Metro Manila's major thoroughfare.
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Words by Jade Lu
 
mmda logoMaybe they had an epiphany, because it looks like our government is on a roll in trying to clean up our city. The Senate finally passed the anti-drunk and drugged driving act (albeit with some lacking parameters); EDSA is about to get one overdue facelift; and now MMDA is keen on regulating those road blockages we know as buses. Maybe those Facebook campaigns are finally being heard - and acted upon! In any case, thank goodness our government is addressing these pressing issues.
 
The Bus Management and Dispatch System (BMDS) was implemented last 31 January 2013. The system aims to regulate public utility buses as well as monitor their drivers through a biometric fingerprint scanner. The new system will now require drivers to scan their fingers at the said terminals before going about their routes. The MMDA has created a PUB Driver's Databank, which keeps records and personal information of registered drivers, including traffic violations. Hopefully, this system also lessens road bullies on the road. According to MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, only drivers with three or less violations are allowed to drive their buses. Violators with more than three cases are required to settle their traffic violation tickets first.
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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) first implemented the Modified Uniform Truck Ban back in December 7, 2012. Its main purpose was to help alleviate traffic congestion in Manila's main thoroughfares during the holiday season and was scheduled to be lifted by January 6, 2013. But it proved to be so successful in improving the traffic situation in Metro Manila that they've decided to extend it for another six months.
 
The Metro Manila Council's (MMC) Special Traffic Committee (STC) issued Resolution No. 01 Series of 2013 which approves the extension of the ban from January 7 to July 6 of this year.
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