DILG backs no garage, no car policy

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government is backing the “no garage, no car policy” to free up streets to higher volume traffic.

“Traffic is caused by many factors like lack of infrastructure spending, we were left behind by other countries…But I think the main cause of traffic is the volume of vehicles in Metro Manila”, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in an interview at the Philippine News Agency’s “Pros and Cons” program.

Malaya said these vehicles include public and private vehicles that were illegally parked on the streets.

“President (Rodrigo) Duterte called on the local government units, within 60 days, to remove road obstructions. During the meeting, the mayors asked if we’re to clear roads of illegally parked vehicles, where are they going to park,” he said.

For the policy to be effective, Malaya said a law must be passed to limit the number of vehicles on the road which causes heavy traffic daily.

“The ones who will be affected are those who will buy cars in the future and not the current car owners. If you will apply for registration again, within the three years’ time allowance, you must look for a garage before the Land Transportation Office will give you renewal,” he added.

Orlando Marquez, president of the Liga ng mga Transportasyon at Operator sa Pilipinas, said he was surprised to know that the policy was not fully implemented for private car owners.

“This has been an old policy under Republic Act 4136 included in the requirements of public transport, but why is this not implemented for private vehicles?” Marquez added.

Apart from the equal implementation of the policy, Marquez said officials must be strict in the enforcement of traffic laws since “they have full knowledge of all illegal terminals and parking stations”.

Since some car owners may not have their own garages, Marquez suggested establishing a public pay parking space without collecting additional taxes from the transport group.

“There is more than P400 billion of public transportation taxes nationwide, at least ten percent must go to the subsidy, to garages that will be built by the government. Let’s build a pay parking which already has the service center and the garages like in other countries where you can see that they have elevators for their cars,” he said.

Malaya said the government must also update laws that could ease traffic and illegal parking conditions in the country.

“For example, the building code is old, it must be updated for the requirements of parking space in condominiums and restaurants should be one is to one. In the sale of condominium, the ratio of unit and parking space must be one is to one and not optional,” he said. (PNA)