As the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and local government units continue to clear illegally parked vehicles to ease traffic, senators are doing their part to prevent motorists from making local roads in the metropolis their private parking area.

First-time Senator Joel Villanueva has filed Senate Bill 1165 or the ‘No Garage, No Car’ bill.

It will mandate ‘any person, whether natural or juridical, with residence or business address in metropolitan areas such as, but not limited to Metro Manila, Angeles, Bacolod, Baguio, Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Naga, and Olongapo, who intends to purchase a motor vehicle’ to present a notarized affidavit that will attest to the availability of a ‘permanent parking space or facility or that a parking space or facility has been leased or procured’ for the vehicle that will be purchased.

A copy of the notarized affidavit shall be presented and given to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) as a pre-requisite for registration.

The document shall remain in file with the LTO and will be used as evidence should the existence of such parking space for the vehicle under the registered owner’s name be contested.

Under the bill, any citizen may report to the LTO, MMDA, the metropolitan coordinating council, or the engineering office of the local government unit (LGU) any vehicles parked on the streets, alleys or pathways that are used by pedestrians or motor vehicles.

Personnel of the LTO, MMDA, Metropolitan coordinating council, LGU engineering office and law enforcement agencies will also be required to enforce the provisions of the bill.

Motorists caught with fraudulent documents belying the existence of a parking space for the motor vehicle in question will have their existing motor vehicle registration revoked, fined Php 50,000 and suspended from registering any motor vehicle under his/her name for three years.

LTO employees caught assisting in the falsification of documents to prove the existence of a parking space for the vehicle that is to be registered will be suspended for three months without pay.

A similar bill was filed in Congress in 2014, but was never passed.