The MMDA Number Coding Scheme (also known to many as Color Coding Scheme) is very important for all drivers going in and thru Metro Manila, Philippines. Without any knowledge of this necessary regulation, one would inconveniently face being issued a driving ticket by MMDA officers or by the local traffic police of the Municipality.

This MMDA Color Coding Scheme within Metro Manila is technically referred as the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program by our Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officials. It started last March 2003 as a solution to lessen the high volume of vehicles in traffic going in and thru Metro Manila city roads. It specifically aims to manage the peak-hour traffic volume.

Here’s the Official MMDA Number Coding rules and implementing conditions:

1. Private and Public Utility Vehicles – from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

2. Window Hours for Private Vehicles – from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

3. Exempted from the UVVRP – Provincial buses, Shuttle buses, School buses and Motorcycle units.

In addition, these vehicles are exempted : ambulance, police patrol cars, firetrucks, military vehicles, medical practitioner for military relief or emergency purposes, vehicles with government plates, vehicles with diplomatic plates, or those with appropriately approved LTO stickers.

Take Note, each Minicipality has implemented this UVVRP or Number Coding Scheme with slightly differences especially in the coding time of window hours.

1. Makati City – Number Coding from 7:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. with NO window hours for private vehicles.

2. San Juan – No window hours. Number Coding starting 7A.M. up to 7P.M. for private vehicles.

3. Las Pinas – Number Coding effective from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Without window hours

4. Muntinlupa, Marikina, Paranaque, and Taguig – NO Number coding. So, feel free to roam around these cities anytime.

3. Pasig City – Number Coding with window hours starting 9 am up until 4 pm (take note of the 1 hour extension to the normal 10am-3pm window hour compared to other areas).

4. Pasay City – Number Coding EXCEPT on the following roads:

Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Domestic Road, MIA Road, Portions of Airport Road, Tramo, Sales Road and portions of Buendia.

5. EDSA, C5, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Roxas Blvd (Pasay), all other National, City, and Municipal Roads have window hours regardless of the city (this means you can drive via EDSA within Makati any day).

6. For other cities and municipalities of Metro Manila (Caloocan, Mandaluyong, Manila, Malabon, Navotas, parts of Pasay, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan, and Valenzuela)

– Number Coding is implemented with Window hours of 10:00am to 3:00pm being observed.

How about on Holidays and Weekends ?

Number coding is not being implemented on weekends. It is suspended during national and special holidays and may be stretched to before and/or after those dates depending on the need.

What Plate Numbers are allowed on certain days ?

The Number Coding Scheme specifies that for a certain day of the week, some vehicles are prohibited.

On Mondays, vehicles with plate numbers ending 1 and 2 are not allowed.Tuesdays – 3 and 4
Wednesdays – 5 and 6
Thursdays – 7 and 8
Friday – 9 and 0.

What is the Penalty or Driving Ticket Violation for Not Following the Number Coding?

MMDA Color Coding Penalty or MMDA Number Coding Penalty:

1. Confiscation of driver’s license (for some cities)

2. issuing of traffic violation ticket and

3. Minimum fine of P300.00 to be paid at redemption center (in Orense Street, Makati).

What about Brand New Cars without existing plates?

For those brand new cars that are not yet registered or does not have any plates yet, MMDA will be basing your coding day on the conduction sticker located at the back of your car.

If you have some questions or clarifications or any information, kindly contact the MMDA Metrobase at 882-4151 to 77 local 213 and 255 or the MMDA hotline 136.

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