Leila Salaverria of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that in response to the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila, lawmakers Maximo Rodriguez Jr. and Rufus Rodriguez have filed a bill asking "private subdivisions to open at least one road per village for public use, for which they can charge a minimal fee from motorists who will pass through."
The report explained that under the measure, homeowners' associations of private villages that make their streets available for public use will be allowed to collect a fee of not more than P5 per vehicle passing through. However, only vehicles weighing not more than 4,500 kilos will be allowed to pass through the village.
The bill's authors said the fees collected yearly from the measure can be used to defray the cost of hiring additional security personnel and road maintenance.
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