Paid parking spaces

January 19, 2020

MOTOR vehicle owners and drivers get this feeling that their worries and problems will soon be over with the filing of a bill in Congress seeking the regulation of paid parking spaces. 

At present, many establishments that offer paid parking spaces impose unfair terms and conditions, even waiving responsibility for securing parked cars, vans, buses and other motor vehicles.

There have been numerous reports of burglarized motor vehicles in paid parking spaces not only in the metropolis but elsewhere, according to Bagong Henerasyon party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera.  

Aside from the acute shortage of parking spaces in Metropolitan Manila and other urban centers in the country, motor vehicle owners and drivers are also burdened by the high costs of parking fees.

“Ang hirap sa mga (may-ari ng) paid parking space na ito ay ang mahal na nga ang sinisingil nila pero pag may nangyari sa sasakyan mo doon ay wala silang pananagutan,” lamented Herrera.

Aware of the problems of motorists, the soft-spoken party-list lady lawmaker filed House Bill (HB) No. 3215, which seeks to protect the interests of motor vehicle owners and drivers.

“Milyun-milyong (piso) ang kinikita (nila)…kaya dapat lang na may responsibilidad sila na protektahan ang mga gumagamit nito,” said Congresswoman Herrera.

Under the bill, a standard parking rate of P20 will be charged by a paid parking firm for the first five hours. The customer will then have the option of paying an additional P10 for every succeeding hour or P20 for another five hours.

Overnight parking will be charged a rate of P150, while a lost parking ticket will cost the car owner or driver P200.

A violator of the proposed legislation faces a fine of up to P500,000 and the suspension or cancellation of its business permit and license.

Likewise, we, like other well-meaning Filipinos, agree with Herrera that there’s now that urgent need to standardize the fees collected by the country’s paid parking space owners.