QUEZON CITY, March 15 (PIA)--The Quezon City Council has passed a resolution calling on Congress to expedite a legislative measure making mandatory a requirement for car buyers to show proof that they have parking spaces for their cars.

Councilor Ramon Medalla, who principally authored Resolution 6975-2017 said the swift passage of Senate Bill 201 will not only lessen Metro’s traffic problem but will also provide encouragement to motor vehicle owners to be more responsible.

Senate Bill 201, otherwise known as the “Proof-of-Parking Space Act” and authored by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian intends to ease traffic congestion in the metropolis.

As provided under Senate Bill 201, would-be buyers of motor vehicles are required to present proof of parking space or facility before they could purchase a motor vehicle and register with the Land Transportation Office (LTO).       

The proposed bill also mandates the LTO, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and other local government units to conduct frequent ocular inspections along major thoroughfares and secondary roads in Metro Manila for the removal of illegally-parked vehicles along these areas.

As reported by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, there are nearly 2.5 million registered vehicles in the National Capital Region.

Given the volume of vehicles plying Metro Manila, some motor vehicle owners have continue to occupy public roads as parking spaces which at times impede traffic flow and pose a possible threat especially during emergency situations.

As part of Quezon City’s continuing effort to remove traffic obstructions, the city’s Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), in close coordination with the QC Police District and the city’s barangays, have been conducting clearing operations on a daily basis to   relieve all city side streets and secondary roads of any form of obstruction.

DPOS chief Elmo San Diego was earlier deputized by Mayor Herbert Bautista to lead a task group created to oversee the city’s street clearing operations.  The task group, formed by virtue of an executive order, has been mandated to strictly implement the provisions of Ordinance 2068 which prohibits, among others, the occupation or construction of any structure or shanties in any portion of streets, alleys, sidewalks, open spaces and other public places; apprehension of colorum public utility vehicles and tricycles; removal of illegal terminals, illegal markets and vending sites; obstruction of pedestrian paths and sidewalks and easements. (QC PAISO/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)