Sotto vows to nix Pasig odd/even scheme

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Months before winning the mayoral race, Pasig Mayor-elect Vico Sotto promised to remove the odd/even traffic scheme in the city, which many motorists had decried as confusing.

Last March, a netizen asked Sotto on Twitter about his plans on Pasig City’s “odd coding scheme” should he win his candidacy.

In response, Sotto said that he will remove the “ineffective” odd/even scheme as soon as he begins his term as mayor of Pasig City.

“Happy to report that I was the only councilor who opposed the odd-even scheme. It is unfair and ineffective if we look at the big picture. I will remove it on my first day of office,” Sotto vowed.

Pasig City implemented the odd/even traffic scheme three years ago in bid to address the growing number of vehicles that cross the area.

Under Pasig’s odd/even scheme, vehicles with license plates ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 are not allowed on certain roads Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays while motorists who own vehicles with license plate numbers ending in 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 are prohibited on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Aside from Pasig City’s odd/even scheme, the volume of vehicles that ply the streets of Metro Manila depends on the strict implementation of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s number coding scheme, in effect since 1995.