MMDA has extended the implementation of No Window Hours policy for another 6 months, meaning it will run until July 2017.
Tim Orbos , MMDA officer in charge and general manager has confirmed that the Metro Manila Council has agreed to extend the policy. This because of the improvement they’ve seen in the traffic flow, especially in EDSA. A survey was held by MMDA in December and results showed that there was a 28-minute reduction in travel time along EDSA thoroughfares despite the heavy volume of vehicles due to the holiday season.
An official statement was posted in MMDA’s official Facebook account.
The No Window Hours policy was introduced in October 2016 . Under the said scheme, vehicles affected by the number coding scheme are not allowed to pass roads namely – EDSA, C-5 Road from SLEX up to the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Luzon Flyover, Roxas Boulevard, Alabang-Zapote Road, Mandaluyong City, Makati City, and Las Piñas City from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
The original expiration of the No Window Hours policy was January 2017 when it was first introduced.
Penalties for violators is Php 300 for first and second offense.
When asked if this will result to people buying another vehicle?
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos answered – “We do not see motorists resort to buying another car just to avoid the No Window Hours policy. It is just impractical,” he said.