3-WEEK COLOR-CODING SUSPENSION

Manila, Jan. 31, 2003 - The license plate-coded ban on vehicles, also known as "color-coding," will be lifted for three weeks starting Monday, except in Makati, to try out its proposed abolition.

The Unified Volume Vehicular Reduction Program was imposed in 1996 to reduce vehicular volume in Metro Manila by 20 percent.

MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando said a study, however, showed the reduction was only 4.5 percent, not worth the inconvenience to families which own only one vehicle.

Many owners apparently bought extra cars for use when their primary vehicles were barred from the roads.

Bayani said even as the ban stays in Makati, those taking EDSA, South Superhighway and C-5 will also benefit from the three-week suspension.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay sought the continued imposition of the ban because of the heavy volume of vehicles in the city during office hours.

"The result of this experiment would help us finally decide whether to retain or scrap it," Fernando said.


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