OWNING a car may soon require buyers not just the financial capability to acquire one, but also a permanent parking space.
This will be the scenario if Senate Bill (SB) 201 or the Proof of Parking Space Act is enacted into law.
The bill will also make all streets in Metro Manila a no-parking zone.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, author of SB 201, said motor vehicle owners should be made responsible in getting permanent parking spaces for their private vehicles.
The parking spaces can be a part of a house, building or leased facility.
“Any financially able purchaser of a motor vehicle can be presumed to be able to provide a parking facility for his vehicle. The street is primarily intended for vehicular or foot traffic and should not be appropriated as personal parking spaces for vehicles,” Gatchalian said in the explanatory note of his bill.
Under his proposal, Metro Manila residents who intend to purchase a vehicle will be required to present an affidavit to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) attesting to the availability of permanent parking space or facility that had been leased or procured, before they can purchase the vehicle.
An individual who plans to purchase more than one vehicle must also provide a permanent space for each of the vehicles.
The bill also requires the LTO to make as a pre-requisite in the registration of motor vehicles the submission of an affidavit attesting to existence of a permanent parking space.
To ensure strict compliance with the law, a suspension of three months without pay awaits LTO officials or employees who will allow the registration of a motor vehicle without the necessary document required under the bill.
For vehicle owners who will be caught illegally parking their car on the streets, alleys or pathways, a fine of P50,000 will be imposed for very violation of the provision of the bill, as well as a three-year suspension of vehicle registration.
Any concerned citizen may report to the LTO, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) or the engineering office of the local government concerned all illegally parked vehicles in their area.
The LTO, MMDA and local government units will also be required to conduct periodic inspections.
Gatchalian’s bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship headed by Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri.