Senate panel studying Proof-of-Parking Space Act
The Senate has started the process of ironing out the details of a bill which would require prospective vehicle owners to present proof that they have a parking space for their new vehicle.
The Senate committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship has formed a technical working group to further study Senate Bill No. 201 or the Proof-of-Parking Space Act, after the bill received full support from different civil society and government representatives during the committee’s recent public hearing.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, who authored the measure, said he believes the bill will help ease traffic congestion in the country.
He also said that he considers the bill to be quite relevant at this time, since this will instill a culture of responsible vehicle ownership among Filipinos.
“The concept really here is responsibility when you buy vehicles. We are now putting the responsibility on the car owners. If you buy cars, you have to make sure that you have a parking space for your own vehicle,” he said during the public hearing of the measure.
“I think this is quite relevant at this time because, if you try to pass the side streets to avoid traffic in major thoroughfares, there is a greater chance that you’ll get stuck in traffic due to the cars parked along the narrow streets,” he added.
The senator cited records from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) that showed that the numbers of registered motor vehicles from the year 2015 until 2017 were 10,410,814.
There are an estimated new 1,000 registrants each day, 600 of which are newly-purchased vehicles, he noted.
Under the said measure, according to Gatchalian, 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.
He explained that the bill also mandates the LTO, 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.
While he recognizes the critical role of the said bill in the current administration’s push to solve the transportation crisis, Gatchalian said it would be up to local government units to lead the charge in implementing the proposed law.
“It is better to have a national policy so that the local governments may impose that national law. The local government are also quite sensitive to the comments of their own constituency. In this proposal, we are giving them ample time to locate their own parking spaces,” the senator said.
“The present administration is in a good position to achieve real, tangible change by overhauling Metro Manila’s outdated public transportation system. Alleviating the constant struggles of the commuting public should be one of government’s top priorities,” he added. /je
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