Number coding temporarily suspended due to Taal Ashfall and other related news

Updated Jan 13, 2020 | Same topic: Latest Traffic Updates

The MMDA temporarily suspends the coding scheme on Jan 13, 2020 (Monday) in light of Taal Volcano's eruption.

Coding Scheme temporarily suspended

In light of the recent events involving the Taal Volcano’s spewing of volcanic ash, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has temporarily lifted the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program or UVVRP or number coding scheme for Monday, today, January 13, 2020.

Taal Volcano mid eruption

Taal Volcano erupts, spewing out ash

This enables vehicles with license plates ending in 1 and 2 to use EDSA and other major Metro Manila thoroughfares from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M.

As of the writing of this article, the Philippine Institute is already raised to danger level 4 which means that the said volcano might explosively erupt in the coming days.

Other suspensions include class suspensions and air travel suspensions for flights in and out of Metro Manila. Government and private companies' operations are also affected. Evacuation efforts for areas within the immediate vicinity of Taal are currently ongoing.

Taal mid-eruption

Another view of Taal spewing out ash and volcanic gasses [Photo courtesy of Shindle Bryan Bien]

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List of ashfall affected areas

The ash fall from Taal’s phreatic eruption has already reached a couple of provinces in Luzon. Those areas, according to the MMDA are;

  • Metro Manila
  • Northwest Quezon
  • Rizal
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Bulacan
  • Tarlac
  • Southeast Zambales
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Bataan
  • Eastern Pangasinan

Tips for avoiding ashfall affects your car

If you’re from or recently drove through the areas affected by the ash fall listed above, here are some tips with regards to your car;

Tip #1.

If it’s possible, avoid driving in heavy ashfall because the ash might clog up your engine and stall your vehicle. If you really need to, do not turn on your air-conditioning system as it will bring in air and ash eventually.

Also, keep your windows up. The reason behind this is that ventilation and air-conditioning systems are vulnerable to volcanic ash. These may collect in your air filters and radiator and might even cause overheating.

>>> Check out: 3 tips to keep your air conditioner free from dust and pollen

car covered in Taal's Ash

Currently, thousands of motorists are affected by the ashfall [Photo courtesy of Shindle Bryan Bien]

Tip #2.

If your car got covered by ash, we highly recommend that you wash it off immediately. However, we do not recommend wiping the car with a rag whilst spraying water onto it because that will scratch your car. Also, while cleaning your car, wear protective gear like a facemask, a pair of goggles or shades, gloves, and a raincoat.

>>> Relevant article: How Can I Repair My Car’s Scratches?

Tip #3.

If your car’s engine has been filled up by ash, bring your car to your nearest brand’s dealership immediately.

For more automotive news, keep reading here on and keep safe out there.

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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