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House bill: No parking space, no car

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Nation
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IN a bid to case traffic in some key cities, a lawmaker proposed a “no parking space, no car” policy.

Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu filed House Bill 1991, whose  main purpose is to regulate the sale of motor vehicles by requiring  proof of parking space or facility.

Abu’s proposal is only applicable in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao and other highly-urbanized cities.
    
To be called “Proof of Parking Space Act,” the measure seeks to lessen, if not totally eradicate, the parking of private vehicles along streets that is causing traffic even on secondary roads.
    
Under the proposal, a buyer of motor vehicle must first present  a proof of parking space before he or she be allowed to purchase a motor vehicle and register with the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
    
“The problem with traffic is not only confined in the big city streets such as EDSA and congestion isn’t isolated in the vicinity of Manila ports. The motor vehicles that continue to occupy the side streets, parked and idle, push carts, litters of all kinds have been eyesores and a hindrance to foot and automobile traffic in most of our streets,” Abu said.
    
According to Abu, motor vehicle owners should be made responsible to provide a permanent parking space for their private vehicles, whether this is made an integral part of their house or building structure or leased facility.
    
He stressed that the street is primarily intended for vehicular or foot traffic and should not be appropriated as personal parking spaces for the vehicles.
 
“Any financially-able purchaser of motor vehicle can be presumed to be able to provide a parking facility for his vehicle,” the solon added.
    
If enacted into law, the LTO is mandated to verify the public document submitted by the registrant or purchaser attesting to the existence of the parking facility.