Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted October 21, 2014 08:11
New house bill ensures car owner has parking before registering vehicle
Valenzuela City Representative Win Gatchalian is out to make sure your brand new vehicle doesn’t end up as a road hazard or obstruction when parked at your home.
With a booming automotive industry comes the issue of alleviating traffic congestion and pollution but as of late a new problem has cropped up: finding parking spaces.
“Although it is good news for the automotive industry, it is bad news for Metro Manila motorists and commuters who must brace themselves for slower traffic as more cars join the vehicle population. And traffic congestion in the capital is worsened by the idle vehicles parked on the sides of streets, hampering the flow of automobile and foot traffic,” said Gatchalian, the senior vice chair of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development.
House Bill No. 5098 or Proof of Parking Space Act, filed by Gatchalian, proposes that ‘buyers of brand new cars, whether individuals or firms, be mandated to execute an affidavit indicating the availability of an existing parking space for the vehicle to be bought.’
The vehicle buyer’s affidavit must be certified by a notary public.
Congressman Gatchalian want vehicle owners to be responsible and provide a permanent parking space for their units, whether is it part or their residence or a leased space.
“The street is primarily intended for vehicular or foot traffic and should not be appropriated as personal parking spaces for these vehicles," added Gatchalian.
The bill requires the assistance of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to make such affidavit a prerequisite in the registration of vehicles while the MMDA and local government units are also tasked to make the necessary inspections to ensure the proper implementation in event that the bill is passed as a law.
Owners found making false claims of parking spaces will have their vehicle registration revoked and with also be penalized with a three-year ban from vehicle registration and will also be slapped with a PhP 50,000 fine.
LTO personnel caught registering a vehicle with false or lacking documents will be suspended for three months without pay.
Rep. Gatchalian cites Singapore as the model for this bill.
"Singapore serves as a model to the Philippines in terms of regulating vehicle traffic and protecting pedestrians. There are different road signs that drivers should strictly follow or else face fines of up to S$300 depending on the weight of the vehicle," Gatchalian concluded.