If your vehicle was towed and you can’t find it at the MMDA impounding lot in Metro Manila, chances are, it has joined the first batch of impounded units sent to Tarlac for storage.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has already begun moving some 150 vehicles and 260 motorcycles to the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) impounding site in San Isidro, Tarlac as part of the measures to discourage illegal parking violators and to weed out ‘colorum’ vehicles.

Owners of impounded seized vehicles are now only given a day to settle the fines and claim their vehicles at the MMDA impounding site in Pasig City. After that, the agency will haul it to Tarlac, along with the others. This will be done on a daily basis.

"We do not want these vehicles to stay long in our impounding area. It only gives rise to fixing between individuals and our personnel, which is a form of corruption and we do not want that," said MMDA General Manager and concurrent Officer in Charge Tim Orbos.

The penalty for colorum vehicles range from Php50,000 to Php1 million, while illegal parking carries a fine of Php3,000.

Orbos warned the motoring public that moving these impounded units may cause traffic congestion but it will also serve as a warning for motorists to heed the MMDA’s call to find appropriate parking spaces.

"We are sorry for the traffic congestion that this transfer of impounded vehicles may cause, but we have to do this. To avoid inconvenience and offenses, simply obey the law," added Orbos.