If you still haven’t found a proper parking space for your vehicle, there’s no better time to panic than now.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has just announced that they are hiking up the drive against illegally parked vehicles after clearing the Mabuhay Lanes.
Aside from extending their work until nighttime, the MMDA will also begin clearing sidewalks and arterial roads leading to EDSA of all vehicles parked illegally.
"Sidewalks are for people and not for cars. These are not parking slots or for anybody's store, eatery or even the wake of a deceased relative," said Atty. Victor Nuñez, officer in charge of the MMDA Impounding and Inspectorate Division.
The MMDA towed 1,006 illegally parked vehicles in July as it cleared the Mabuhay Lanes and expects it to increase with the expanded coverage.
"Our operations are not limited to the Mabuhay Lanes now. It extends to all arterial roads and those leading to EDSA. This is why there is an increase in the number of the towed illegally parked vehicles," added Nuñez.
The MMDA is appealing to all motorists and communities to cooperate and remove their illegally parked vehicles to ease traffic flow and provide a ‘walkable city for pedestrians.’
"I hope the communities can help us in keeping our roads free from illegally parked vehicles," said Nuñez.
A fine of Php 3,000 is the penalty for illegal parking. Towed vehicles that are not claimed will be taken to the MMDA’s impounding site at the PhilSports Arena (ULTRA) in Pasig City.
Plans to bring unclaimed vehicles to Department of Transportation (DOTr) property in Tarlac is still on hold pending a memo and notice of its implementation published in major newspapers.
"As what (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said, many offenders are complacent because they know that their vehicles are impounded in the Pasig City impounding site, which is near. However, if you bring these vehicles to Tarlac, surely they will learn their lesson," Nuñez concluded.