Drivers: Easier traffic on first 'no window hours' day

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Drivers noticed more free-flowing traffic along EDSA on the first day of the implementation of the new 'no window hours' policy.

Vehicles under the number coding scheme were previously allowed to travel along EDSA and C-5 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. until the policy removed this window. Now, vehicles affected by the number coding scheme on a particular day are not allowed on EDSA from 7 am till 7 pm.

The new road rule also covers Roxas Boulevard, Alabang-Zapote Road, and all areas of Makati, Las Piñas, and Mandaluyong.

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Related: No window hours on EDSA and C-5 starting October 17

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) projected a 20 percent decrease in vehicles on the road once the new policy is in place. There is no information yet about violations by drivers of the new rule.

CNN Philippines correspondent Menchu Macapagal reported that travel from North EDSA to EDSA Boni took 34 minutes shortly before 10:00 a.m. on Monday. They travelled at 60 kph until EDSA Timog, where heavy traffic extended to Cubao. They slowed down to 10 kph in this area until they were able to resume 60 kph speed at Ortigas.

It was faster than their roughly one-hour record of travel along EDSA last week, during the policy dry run.

Related: MMDA tests no window hours policy

One driver noted that travel to Boni Serrano from EDSA now took 10 to 15 minutes, whereas it previously took 30 to 45 minutes. Another observed that traffic flowed more freely in the Ortigas area, which is usually heavily congested.

This new traffic policy will be strictly implemented until January 31 next year. Violators will be fined ₱300.

CNN Philippines Menchu Macapagal contributed to this report.