High parking fees not enough, vehicle owners should show proof of parking space – Gatchalian

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Senator Win Gatchalian is backing the Metro Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) move to impose heftier fines on illegally parked vehicles.

Gacthalian said the MMDA’s initiative to decongest Metro Manila’s crowded streets would complement his bill requiring prospective vehicle owners to present proof that they have a parking space for the new vehicle

The MMDA has recently raised the fine for attended illegally parked vehicles from its original price of P200 to P1,000. Drivers of unattended illegally parked vehicles, on the other hand, will now have to pay P2,000.

“The MMDA’s move to impose higher penalties may now prompt motorists to think twice before parking their cars along the streets. However, I believe that we still need a law that will instill a culture of responsible vehicle ownership among Filipinos,” the lawmaker said.

Under Senate Bill No. 201 (SBN), also known as the 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.

According to LTO records, the numbers of registered motor vehicles from the year 2015 until 2017 were 10,410,814. There are an estimated 1,000 registrations each day, 600 of which are for newly-purchased vehicles.

The bill also mandates the Land Transportation Office, the Metro 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.