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Proof of parking

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The proposed proof of parking bill seeks to instill a culture of responsible vehicle ownership among Filipinos once it becomes law since car owners and local government units have the shared responsibility of reclaiming public roads to ease perennial traffic woes in Metro Manila.

During a committee hearing on Senate Bill 368, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian clarified that the bill does not seek to prevent Filipinos from buying their dream car, but it is needed to instill responsible vehicle ownership on car owners.

The Senator suggested that while LGUs are responsible for clearing the roads, “motor vehicle owners should be made responsible to provide permanent parking space for their private vehicles, whether this is made an integral part of their house or building structure, or a leased facility.” The bill essentially requires vehicle owners to have a parking space for them to register their car.

Citing records from the Land Transportation Office, the senator noted that there were 11.6 million motor vehicles in 2018, an increase of almost 1.2 million, or 11.4 percent from the 2017 figure of 10.5 million.

Under the proposed Proof-of-Parking Space Act, individuals and businesses based within Metro Manila would only be allowed to purchase vehicles after the execution of an affidavit confirming that they have acquired, either through purchase or lease, a parking space for the vehicle sought to be purchased. At the same time, the bill also mandates the LTO, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and local government units to conduct frequent ocular inspections of major and minor thoroughfares across the National Capital Region to remove illegally parked vehicles and to punish vehicle owners who refuse to comply with the law.

Illegally parked cars have been clogging Philippine roads for decades because of vehicle owners who believe they are entitled to use public roads as personal garages. Requiring proof of parking from prospective vehicle owners from the most affected geographical area may sound like a solution, but it will only be effective if the potential loopholes of the proposed law are adequately plugged. Until then, it is up to local government units to persist in the campaign to clear roads of obstructions, including the illegally parked vehicles of inconsiderate people who failed to consider the availability and costs of legal parking in their decision to purchase their dream cars.*

   

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