"No garage, no car" being pushed by lawmaker
Thinking of buying a car? Read on.
(SPOT.ph) Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian on September 23 pushed to hasten the passage of House Bill 5098 or the “Proof of Parking Space Act” at the House of Representatives. The said bill requires individuals to secure a parking space before they can be allowed to purchase a car.
Gatchalian said that the traffic problem is due not only to blockages in thoroughfares such as EDSA, but also vehicles idly parked on streets that hinder foot and automobile traffic. Due to their purchasing power, car buyers are assumed to have their own parking spaces. “Motor vehicle owners should be made responsible to provide a permanent parking space for their private vehicles, whether this is made an integral part of their house or building structure or a leased facility,” Gatchalian said.
Gatchalian’s proposed scheme instructs any person residing in Metro Manila who is intending to buy a motor vehicle to secure an affidavit proving the availability of a parking space, leased or owned, for the desired vehicle. This affidavit must be presented to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) as a pre-requisite for car registration. Under Articles 171 and 172 of the Revised Penal Code, any vehicle purchaser caught falsifying declarations shall be held criminally liable and suspended from registering any vehicle under his name for three years. The car registration would also be retracted and the owner would be fined P50,000 for each violation of the proposed bill.
Meanwhile, the responsibility of regular ocular inspection is given to the LTO, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the engineering office of the local government unit to guarantee compliance of car owners.
Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group director Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao proposed this measure in a Senate hearing last September 14; so he has expressed his support for the bill. “Honestly malaki talaga ang problema natin sa illegal parking, especially in the inner streets. So, we welcome and support this bill,” Gunnacao told reporters after the hearing.
Gunnacao stated that he has submitted a proposal to the Committee to give existing car owners who still do not have their own parking spaces three months from the implementation of the bill to do so.