SC upholds MMDA’s number coding scheme

The Supreme Court upheld the power of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to enforce measures to ease traffic congestion in the metropolis, such as number coding for public and private vehicles.

The entire SC unanimously voted to dismiss the petition for injunction filed by bus drivers.

The SC said the bus operators or franchisees, not the petitioners, should be the parties in the case.

The high court promulgated the case on November 17 but the ruling was released to the public only last June 11. The decision was penned by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen.

Based on a memorandum of agreement between the MMDA and bus operators, buses were partially exempted from number coding. Passenger buses were included in the traffic scheme pursuant to MMDA issuances, prompting the petitioner to file the case before the SC.

Number coding remains suspended amid the pandemic, MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said.

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