By Anthony Giron
TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite – The implementation of the vehicle number coding scheme to ease traffic congestion in Cavite has been successful, although there is still room for further improvement, said Governor Jesus Crispin C. Remulla.
Remulla said that there are still issues and factors that have to be ironed out to keep the traffic flowing.
Cavite was the first province to implement the vehicle number coding scheme outside of the National Capital Region (NCR).
The scheme was fully implemented last February 5 on key throughfares in the province’s seven districts.
Traffic congestion has been a problem for years in the province’s densely populated cities and municipalities.
Officials said that the vehicle number coding was well implemented by traffic enforcers with the cooperation of the motorists themselves.
Hundreds of violators were apprehended February 5 to 27.
Covered by the scheme that focuses on private cars, trucks and vans are Aguinaldo Highway (the stretch from Bacoor to Dasmariñas-Silang boundary), Governors Drive (Carmona to Trece Martires City-Tanza boundary), Molino-Salawag-Paliparan Road (from Zapote, Bacoor, to Paliparan, Dasmarinas) and Molino Boulevard (from Aguinaldo Highway to Molino-Salawag-Paliparan Road).
The scheme bans vehicles, based on the last digit of license plates or conduction stickers, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
Vehicles with license plate numbers or conduction stickers ending in 1 and 2 are covered by the coding scheme on Monday, 3 and 4 on Tuesday, 5 and 6 on Wednesday, 7 and 8 on Thursday and 9 and 0 on Friday.
Exempted from the coding scheme are public utility vehicles (buses and jeepneys), motorcycles, ambulances, firetrucks, marked police and military vehicles, government vehicles with red plates, emergency vehicles, registered school buses and company shuttle buses and vehicles carrying perishable goods.