Space will always be a premium for motorists. With more and more vehicles on our streets, driving around is becoming more challenging. In an effort to curb the problem, the City of Davao is pushing for a 'proof of parking' rule.
If it pushes through, that means the residents of Davao City are required to have some form of affidavit or certificate that they have the space to park their cars before purchase. No parking, no car.
According to the Philippine News Agency (PNA), city councilor Condrado Baluran said that he supports the rule. He said that he hopes the rule would solve traffic congestion which has recently becoming a growing problem. The councilor added that the rule will not only lessen the volume of vehicles on the roads, but would also get rid of the problem of illegal parking.
"Sad but true, but some of the vehicle owners turned our streets into their own private parking space, thus blocking traffic flow," said Baluran.
He further mentioned that “It is true that no one has the right to stop someone from buying their vehicle, but when such right has started to cause discomfort to others, the public in general, then social responsibility will be taken into consideration," added Baluran.
But before their plan can be set into motion, the councilor will be holding talks with both public and private sectors. “We will conduct a committee hearing and we will invite the car dealers in the city, including the concerned agencies like Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO), to discuss the matter,” said the lawmaker.
For now, it is yet to be determined when Baluran will hold the talks with the said sectors. Should it be passed, Davao City will be the first city in the country to implement such a rule.