I don’t get it. They call it color coding. But really, the basis is the last number on your car’s license plate. It should be called number coding. (don’t you think?)
This country is so weird.
Another example would be the black-outs (power interruptions) which everyone refers to as ‘brown-outs’. I get the logic of black-out (no power= no light, therefore..darkness..), but brown-out?
And what’s the deal about road signs gone wrong? Like, no parking on both sides. Come on, you can’t park on both sides of the road. It’s impossible. The sign should say: no parking on EITHER side.
These are very simple things. Why can’t we do it right? It’s irritating how we manage to mangle someone else’s language on a daily basis. It is impressive that we try to learn it and use it, but there simply is no respect for the borrowed language.
This post has gone on long enough. And I’ve deviated from my first topic of the hour. I think it’s time for me to stop yakking.
Here are some references for the Color Coding or Number Coding or unified vehicle reduction program
I tried to find references from the LTO but they did not provide guidelines in their website. You could check since they might add it in the future. http://www.lto.gov.ph/index.html
To explain briefly, color-coding is a law that requires all Manila vehicles to be off the streets one weekday each week between 7am and 7pm. But there is a window between 10am and 3pm wherein the rule is suspended everywhere except Makati City and Parañaque City. It has nothing to do with colors, but is based on the last digit of your license plate number. The number ban is as follows: 1 & 2-Mondays, 3 & 4-Tuesdays, 5 & 6-Wednesdays, 7 & 8-Thursdays, 9 & 0-Fridays. The traffic coding scheme is suspended during weekends and non-working holidays. For some reason everyone who has been driving for some time is aware of this inspite of the lack of information on the internet. Hopefully this helps new drivers who are yet to be familiar with Manila traffic.
My apologies to everyone who visited my blog for this info and was previously disappointed.
***edit September 9, 2007
I’ve had to turn off the comments because this really is getting out of hand. No matter what I say about this, people will twist it to mean something nasty. I am thankful for Robby Villabona who understood what I meant and knew that it was merely an observation. For anyone who has taken offense, I apologize that you had to read what I wrote.