(SPOT.ph) Sometimes it feels as if Metro Manila has as many private cars as people: one look at EDSA during peak hours—since practically every hour is rush hour—is enough to understand why. In a bid to control the number of vehicles that congest the Metro's roads, the Department of Interior and Local Government is now backing a "No Garage, No Car" policy that will prohibit people from buying cars without first proving that they have a proper parking space for it—and not just the side of the road.
"The solution here is a 'No Garage, No Car' policy. But we would need a law for that. We understand that this is a big problem because of the one million vehicles that have no parking," said Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya in an interview with the ANC. Malaya said that illegally parked vehicles contribute to the traffic problem, adding that, "If you cannot prove that you have parking, then you should not be sold a car. I think we are now in a crisis situation [so] we need crisis solutions."
According to Malaya, the DILG will be supporting Senate Bill No. 201 (a.k.a. Proof-of-Parking Space Act), which mandates that people must first present an affidavit proving they have the proper parking space for a vehicle before they can purchase it. Based on estimates by the Land Transportation Office, around 1,000 vehicles are registered every day, of which 600 are for brand-new ones. Malaya believes that the bill authored by Senator Win Gatchalian could be a "long-term solution to our parking problem," he said.
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