COLOR CODING COVERS PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Manila, Feb. 17, 2003 (Malaya) -- Starting today, the Metropolitan Manila Development Administration will begin implementing its 'Number Coding' (formerly known as "color coding") traffic scheme for public utility vehicles.
Chairman Bayani Fernando said the MMDA's Unified Volume Vehicular Reduction Program would be applied to all PUVs, including passenger buses, jeepneys, taxis and FX taxi shuttles.
The same scheme under the "color coding" scheme will be followed.
Excluded from the four-day experiment are provincial buses and school buses.
The MMDA said all areas in Metro Manila would be covered in the number coding scheme. Private vehicles are still exempted from the UVVR during the MMDA's three week trial which ends Feb. 21.
In the MMDA's weekly radio program, general manager Robert Nacianceno they are aiming for 20 percent traffic volume reduction.
In response to a threat from bus operators that they would defy this latest MMDA policy since they were not properly informed, Nacianceno said they are simply implementing an MMDA memorandum of Agreement that the agency and the bus operators had previously agreed to, but decided to defer its implementation until now.
The MoA is aimed at regulating the number of public vehicles on the road and cited the bus companies agreed that ten percent of bus units of each company would be kept off the road daily.
The MMDA urged the bus companies to cooperate and instead look at the upside of the situation.
"From what we see in Edsa, ang daming nasisira at nagbe-breakdown na buses, they have to maintain their road worthwhile of their vehicles and the bus operators should see this," Nacianceno said as he suggested buses not allowed on the roads could undergo much-needed maintenance.
The MMDA said bus firms which insist in sending out buses that are banned would be penalized by being issued multiple traffic violation receipts.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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