Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted July 24, 2014 15:00
Parking is free if driver shows receipt for patronizing establishment
Representatives Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan De Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez Jr. (Party-list, Abante Mindanao) have authored House Bill 4298, which'seeks to prohibit the imposition of parking fees for the use of facilities provided by shopping malls, schools, hospitals, hotels and other similar establishments.'
Under the bill, drivers who park at establishments can waive off the parking fees if they can present a receipt or validation indicating they spent money or patronized the establishment or a store therein from which they parked.
Owners of establishments like malls and hotels, the congressmen said, take advantage of the volume of vehicle that need to be parked as people visit their malls or establishments by ‘charging them exorbitant parking fees despite the fact that these people park to patronize their institutions.’
They point out that although some malls offer a fixed rate, other ‘big shopping centers’ charge P40 for the first three hours of parking and then an additional amount for every hour in excess, while hotels charge upwards of P100 unless the ticket is validated.
Only if the driver cannot present a receipt or validation can the establishment charge up to P500 for the use of the parking facilities, the bill indicates.
"There is a need for us to regulate the imposition of parking fees by all establishments, whether public or private, thereby making it free of charge if proven that the person has made a purchase or have availed of the services provided by said establishment, as evidenced by his receipt or the proper validation. Otherwise, the establishment can charge the consumer with high parking fees considering that he simply used the parking space without patronizing the establishment," Rodriguez said.
If passed and signed by the president the bill notes that ‘any person or establishment, whether public or private, who violates the provisions of the act shall be fined with not less than P100,000 per customer that is charged a parking fee or imprisonment of not less than six months or both, upon the discretion of the court.’
The two congressmen are also the same proponents of the bill that seeks to impose higher registration for owners of multiple cars under one name.