The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial legislative council) has enacted a vehicle number coding scheme to address the worsening traffic congestion in the province.

In its official statement release on Tuesday, the Cavite legislative body said it has approved Resolution No. 877, which prescribed the rules and regulations for its Unified Vehicular Reduction System (UVRS),or Number Coding scheme to be fully implemented this year.

The local legislation aims to regulate the volume of private cars, vans and trucks plying along the province’s national highways, or provincial roads that are identified as choke points or gridlocked-roads.

Under the implementing rules and regulations (IRR), the UVRS shall be enforced from Monday to Friday starting 7 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. providing “window hours” from 10:01 a.m. to 2:59 p.m.

The new number coding scheme is applied in major thoroughfares such as Aguinaldo Highway, Molino-Salawag-Paliparan Road (from Zapote, Bacoor to Paliparan, Dasmariǹas), Molino Boulevard (from Aguinaldo Highway to Molino-Salawag-Paliparan Road) and Governor’s Drive (covering the stretch of Carmona to Trece Martires City), and such other roads and highways, as may later be identified later as choke or gridlocked roads.

Similar to the on-going number coding scheme enforced in Metro Manila, private vehicles (cars, vans) and trucks with license plate or conduction stickers ending in 1 and 2 are prohibited from traversing the province’s identified major roads on Monday, 3 & 4 on Tuesday, 5 & 6 on Wednesday, 7 & 8 on Thursday and 9 & 0 on Friday.

Exempted from the number coding scheme are PEZA registered trucks, all public utility vehicles (jeepneys and buses), ambulance, firetrucks, police patrol cars, military vehicles with permanent markings that indicate the vehicles’ use like private hospital ambulances and firetrucks which are privately owned but properly marked as such.

The UVRS does not apply to vehicles carrying person/s on emergency situations, medical attention, government vehicles with government marked plates, vehicles used by medical practitioner in an emergency, duly enfranchised school buses, and vehicles on a mission to carry relief goods to identified calamity or highly depressed areas.

Vehicles delivering perishable goods in commercial quantity (fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, raw meat, fresh seafoods, ice products, baked products, medicine/vaccine and catering/cooked food), vehicles used as company shuttle service, funeral service vehicles and those used by doctors, public attorneys, prosecutors, members of the Judiciary, tourism agents and business locators may apply for exemption by securing a sticker from the Road Safety Division under the Provincial Governor’s office.

The exemption provides to only one vehicle for every person covered, which vehicle shall be registered in his/her name and is valid for one year.

The sticker must be secured upon compliance with the required documents and payment of necessary fee.

Said exemption sticker will be considered invalid by the subsequent transfer of ownership over the exempted motor vehicle.

Violation to the ordinance will result in confiscation of his/her driver’s license, issuance of a traffic citation ticket and a fine of PHP 300.

Any person apprehended may contest the same before a “committee of 3” members, consisting of the Chairman of the Transportation Committee of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the Provincial Legal Officer, and such other member to be designated by the Provincial Governor, prior to the payment of the fine.

Any person found to be abusing the authority or exemptions granted under this Ordinance shall be meted out a penalty of PHP 5,000 and/or imprisonment of one year, at the discretion of the court, without prejudice to the filing of the appropriate administrative action against the erring public officer.

The fines collected shall be deposited to the trust fund and used exclusively for projects or programs for the improvement of traffic and road safety in the province.

Cities and municipalities may issue violation tickets and are entitled to 60 percent of the fees actually collected by them.

The province’s number coding scheme ordinance was initially enacted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in November 2017 and sponsored by Vice Governor Ramon Jolo B. Revilla III and Board Member Gilbert Gandia who is the current Chairman on the Committee on Transportation and Communication.

It was subsequently amended by Provincial Ordinance No. 173-Series of 2017 requiring the issuance of implementing rules and regulations for its effectivity. (PNA)