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Philippines' "No Window Hour" Scheme


Road traffic is just another dilemma the Philippine government is facing today. It seems like a mind-boggling puzzle that the joined forces of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) enforcers are trying to solve.

Various proposals to ease this road problem have been presented since President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address, including the "no garage, no car" policy, opening up subdivision gates at particular hours and the implementation of the odd-even scheme.

Recently, the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic or the IACT has implemented the new policy, which is the removing of window hours for the number coding scheme along major roads in Metro Manila.

Window hours refer to the 5-hour period (10 am to 3 pm) where motorists can drive their cars on the day when number coding scheme covers their plate number.

Removal of window hours has started on October 17, 2016 and over 600 motorists have been caught and subjected to fine. Here are the roads that are included in "no window hours" policy:

  • C1: CM Recto Avenue

  • C2: President Quirino Avenue

  • C3: Araneta Avenue

  • C4: EDSA

  • C5: CP Garcia Avenue

  • C6: Bulacan-Rizal-Manila-Cavite Regional Expressway

  • R1: Roxas Boulevard

  • R2: Taft Avenue

  • R3: SLEX

  • R4: Shaw Boulevard

  • R5: Ortigas Avenue

  • R6: Magsaysay Boulevard / Aurora Boulevard

  • R7: Quezon Avenue / Commonwealth Avenue

  • R8: A. Bonifacio Avenue

  • R9: Rizal Avenue

  • R10: Del Pan / Marcos Highway / MacArthur Highway

The no window hours policy is from 7 am to 8 pm.

This policy will be implemented until the end of January 2017. After the 31st, the policy will be assessed by the Metro Manila Council (MMC), which consists of 17 city mayors.

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