As a result of worsening traffic due to cars getting parked on thoroughfares, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco is petitioning a bill that will mandate car owners to secure their own parking spaces before they could register their wheels with the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
As highlighted in House Bill No. 31, it also adds that “when roads become parking lots, there will be longer trip times and increased vehicular queuing.”
Identified as a “prevalent” issue in metropolitan areas, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) points to the following cities as having the most issue of traffic congestion: Angeles, Bacolod, Batangas, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Davao, Dagupan, Iloilo, Metro Manila, Naga, and Olongapo.
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Once made into law, the bill would effectively “deter the proliferation of vehicles occupying the roadsides or sidewalks.”
Furthermore, the bill is also asking the LTO to enforce the requirement of available parking space when catering to people looking to register their vehicle with the agency. Any non-compliant LTO official could be subject to three months of suspension, without pay.
Meanwhile, violators or those who managed to register their vehicle without meeting the requirement are also subject to having their registration revoked, in addition to getting fined Php50,000 and getting blacklisted for registering vehicles lasting for three years.