MMDA to adopt four-digit number coding

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, or most commonly known as MMDA, is planning to implement a four-digit number coding system which aims to ban your vehicle for two days in a week.


If implemented, vehicles with plate numbers ending with the following digits will be banned on the assigned days:

  • 1, 2, 3, 4 banned on Mondays
  • 5, 6, 7, 8 banned on Tuesdays
  • 9, 0, 1, 2 banned on Wednesdays
  • 3, 4, 5, 6 banned on Thursdays
  • 7, 8, 9, 0 banned on Fridays

MMDA believes that the new system should cut the number of vehicles on the road by 40%. “In 2010 we only had around 1.9 million of registered vehicles in Metro Manila, but now it will reach 2.3 million so maybe we can adopt what is being implemented in Rio de Janeiro sa Brazil which are implementing the four-digit number coding.” said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.

The new number coding system is just one of the solutions that the agency is considering to ease the traffic in the Metro.

38 Comments on this Post

  1. commuter

    1 bus in edsa is equals to 2 cars that can occupy that space. 1 bus swerving to occupy 2 lanes in edsa is equals to 4 cars occupying that space. 1 bus swerving to occupy 3 lanes (eto laging nangyayari) is equals to 6 cars which should be occupying that space in edsa. Take out these buses and you free up that enough space to accomodate private vehicles. That is the reason kaya maluwag ang edsa tuwing may transport strike. Why can’t MMDA observe these realities? What happens to the road users tax that the government collects from motorists tapos di mo naman magamit yung vehicle mo? Babawasan ba ng government yung taxes natin if they implement this new scheme?

    • a wiser commuter

      Take out the buses? Let’s try to analyze that.

      One bus can hold around 40 to 50 passengers. An SUV can hold around 5 to 10. Sedan, maybe 4 or 5. But, in reality, ilan ang nakikita mo sa EDSA na SUV or sedan na puno? Usually driver lang, dalawang kasama. Now tell me, alin ang mas efficient?

      Disiplina ang kelangan. Better law enforcement, stricter laws (both traffic laws and franchising laws), and higher penalties pag lumubag. Wag puro drivers ang sisihin, operators should be responsible for their drivers and buses also.

      Pero para sa akin, more trains ang kelangan. The government should invest heavily on this, hindi lang inter-Metro, pero pati mga papunta sa mga probinsya. Sabi nga nung sa quote, “A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars, it’s where the rich use public transportation”. Hindi yung kada isang tao naka isang sasakyan. Eh di congested nga talaga mga kalsada nyan.

    • Smokescreen

      a wiser commuter  – Have you actually seen a bus having 40-50 passengers. I drive in EDSA everyday. It’s been years since I saw even an almost full bus. Average wise I say 10 to 20 at most passengers per bus ply EDSA.

  2. Adrian

    Yung mga FX may expiration age na, bawal na bumiyahe yung 13 years pataas.. sana sa BUS at Jeepneys ganun din patrapik na nga tapos dilapidated pa tsk tsk


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