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Social media weighs in on house bill requiring parking spaces before car registration

An enforcer from the Quezon City Government Public Order and Security Department guards Arayat Street in Cubao to prevent illegal parking and vendors from occupying the sidewalk yesterday by order of Mayor Joy Belmonte. (The STAR/Boy Santos)

A legislator has proposed adding parking spaces as a requirement when registering vehicles with the Land Transport Office.

This bill has elicited various reactions from motorists on social networks.

Some hailed the long-awaited proposal to help solve traffic congestion. Other Filipinos were skeptical about its implementation. Some Filipinos criticized him.

Under Bill 31, Rep. Lord Allan Velasco (Marinduque) look for requiring anyone considering the purchase of a motor vehicle to first obtain a permanent parking space or garage.

Velasco said traffic congestion worsens when car owners park their vehicles on public roads, especially in metropolitan areas.

The bill will also require LTO officials to certify or verify the car owner’s parking space request before granting registration.

LTO staff or officials who have not verified the application will be suspended for three months without pay.

Vehicle owners, meanwhile, will have their registration revoked, pay a 50,000 peso fine and be banned from registering a vehicle for the next three years.

How Filipinos Reacted Online

Some Filipinos have expressed support for the tabling of this bill. They said it was time to tackle the problem of cars parked along streets and other roads for commercial purposes.

“I should have done this a long time ago…please also include cars parked along the road in housing estates,” one Facebook user said. said.

“Tama. Really should decongest or clear the roads. NO PARKING. No car policy,” another user said.

Other Filipinos pointed out that such measures had already been proposed. They expressed skepticism about how it will be implemented without corruption.

“Your solution is the right one, but it adds bureaucracy that can be inefficient or prone to corruption. Why not simply prohibit parking on public roads and then offer paid parking in each barangay? » a Facebook user asked.

“It’s not a problem of law – it’s a question of implementation. Common sense is that roads are used for driving and NOT for parking. Magic way for corruption na naman sa LTO ‘yan’, another user said.

Some Filipinos, meanwhile, again cited the public transport crisis as the reason the public first resorts to buying motor vehicles.

“If you fix public transport, people won’t need so many cars and it will be useless. They focus on the surface problems and not the root causes,” a Facebook user said.

“Kaya lang naman napapabili ng sasakyan ang tao dahil walang kwenta ang public transpo”, another user called.

Not the first in parking spaces

Before that. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian also introduced a similar bill called “Parking Space Proof Act.”

Under this bill, individuals and businesses in Metro Manila are required to file an affidavit that they have acquired parking spaces before they are allowed to purchase their vehicles.

In July 2019, Gatchalian asked former President Rodrigo Duterte to certify the passage of this bill as urgent following his State of the Nation Address that year.

“I hope President Duterte will certify that this bill is as urgent as it is entirely consistent with his vision to alleviate the constant struggles of the commuter public,” the lawmaker said. quoted in a report as told.

Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins