QC Councilor Medalla backs ‘no parking, no car’ bill

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The Quezon City Council has passed a resolution calling on Congress to speed up the passage of a legislative measure making mandatory a requirement for car buyers to show proof that they have parking spaces for their cars.

Councilor Ramon Medalla, who principally authored Resolution 6975-2017, said the swift passage of Senate Bill (SB) 201 will not only lessen the metro’s traffic problem but will also provide encouragement to motor vehicle owners to be more responsible.

SB 201, otherwise known as the “Proof-of-Parking Space Act” and authored by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, intends to ease traffic congestion in the metropolis.

As provided under SB 201, would-be buyers of motor vehicles are required to present proof of parking space or facility before they could purchase a motor vehicle and register with the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

The proposed bill also mandates the LTO, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and other local government units to conduct frequent ocular inspections along major thoroughfares and secondary roads in Metro Manila for the removal of illegally-parked vehicles along these areas.

As reported by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, there are nearly 2.5 million registered vehicles in the National Capital Region.

Given the volume of vehicles plying Metro Manila, some motor vehicle owners have continued to occupy public roads as parking spaces which at times impede traffic flow and pose a possible threat especially during emergency situations.