Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco has filed a bill requiring permanent parking space before motorists can buy and register their vehicles in hopes to decongest traffic in urban areas.
During the filing of House Bill No. 31, Velasco said that car owners who park on public roads worsen street congestion in several metropolitan areas identified by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) such as Metro Manila.
Other areas covered by the bill are the following:
Angeles City in Pampanga
Bacolod City in Negros Occidental
Baguio City in Benguet
Batangas City in Batangas
Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental
Cebu City in Cebu
Dagupan City in Pangasinan
Davao City in Davao del Sur
Iloilo City in Iloilo
Naga City in Camarines Sur, and
Olongapo City in Zambales, among others.
According to the congressman, the bill would make an adequate parking space a requirement for anyone who wants to buy a motor vehicle meant to be used in metropolitan areas.
"Private cars are easy to own and cheap to use. While traffic congestion can be the result of a myriad of causes, the same is exacerbated by car owners who routinely use public roads as parking spaces," Velasco noted.
"When roads become parking lots, there will be longer trip times and increased vehicular queuing. It has been acutely observed that this situation is prevalent in the mentioned metropolitan areas," he added.
HB No. 31 will also require the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to check if applicants have complied with all the necessary requirements. An LTO official who fails to do so will be suspended for three months without pay.
Meanwhile, vehicle owners without the required parking area will have their registration revoked for three years and will be slapped with a 50,000-peso fine.
Under the bill, any concerned citizen can report violations to the LTO, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the metropolitan coordinating council, or the engineering office of the local government unit (LGU) regarding motor vehicles parked on the streets, alleys, among others.
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