Gatchalian wants law requiring those purchasing vehicles to first show proof they have parking spaces

(Eagle News)–Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has renewed his call for the passage of a law that would require prospective vehicle owners to show proof they own a parking space for the new vehicle.

In pushing for the passage of Senate Bill No. 201,  also known as the Proof-of-Parking Space Act, Gatchalian noted that based on figures from the Land Transportation Office,  the number of registered motor vehicles from the year 2015 until 2017 reached 10,410,814, with  an estimated 1,000 registrations each day, 600 of which are for newly-purchased vehicles.

Under the proposed measure, individuals and businesses based within Metro Manila would only be allowed to purchase vehicles after the execution of an affidavit confirming that they have acquired, either through purchase or lease, such a parking space for the vehicle.

Under the proposed measure, the Land Transportation Office, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and local government units are also tasked to conduct frequent ocular inspections of major and minor roads in Metro Manila to remove illegally parked vehicles and to punish vehicle owners who refuse to comply with the law.

“With this bill, we hope to make the National Capital Region a more livable place by decongesting the roads of our nation’s capital, taking a modest step toward solving Manila’s perennial traffic crisis in the process,” Gatchalian said, adding that the measure could complement the heftier fines imposed by the MMDA for illegal parking.

“Isinusulong ng SBN 201 or Proof-of-Parking Space Act para maging responsible ang bawat may-ari ng sasakyan,” he added.