Buying a car soon? You might have to present proof you have somewhere to park it in the future. The Senate has begun pushing the motion for Proof-of-Parking Space Act, which Senator Win Gatchalian believes will help curb congestion in the country.

Filed under Senate Bill No. 201 (SBN 201), the Proof-of-Parking Act was filed by Senator Gatchalian back in 2016. The bill has been described as, 'An Act regulating the sale of motor vehicles in Metro Manila by requiring a proof-of-parking space or facility from motor vehicle buyers as a prerequisite for the purchase of a motor vehicle and registration with the Land Transportation Office'.

SBN 201 has been pending in the Committee since August 2, 2016. Now, it has gained momentum after it received full support from different civil society and government representatives during the Committee's recent public hearing.

"I think this is quite relevant at this time because, if you try to pass the side streets to avoid traffic in major thoroughfares, there is a greater chance that you'll get stuck in traffic due to the cars parked along the narrow streets," said Gatchalian.

In Section 3 of SBN 201, any person who wants to purchase a vehicle, with a residence or a business in Metro Manila, must present a notarized document to the LTO to be able to register the vehicle. Each vehicle in the household or business must have proof-of-parking.

Moving to Section 7 of the Bill, anyone making false claims that they do have parking provided for their vehicles are faced with a hefty penalty. The owner shall be barred from registering the vehicle under his name for the next three years, along with a Php 50,000 fine for every violation of SBN 201.

The full document can be viewed here.