Dads back bill re­quir­ing park­ing space from mo­tor ve­hi­cle buy­ers

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CA­GAYAN de Oro City leg­is­la­tors headed by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy on Mon­day adopted a res­o­lu­tion ex­press­ing their un­equiv­o­cal sup­port to the pas­sage of Se­nate Bill No. 1165, an Act re­quir­ing park­ing space from mo­tor ve­hi­cle buy­ers in met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas as a pre­req­ui­site for the pur­chase of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and regis­tra­tion with the Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (LTO).

This, af­ter Coun­cilor Teo­dulfo E. Lao, in his spe­cial re­port, said the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion is one of the so­lu­tions to the traf­fic con­ges­tion caused by the pro­lif­er­a­tion of ve­hi­cles oc­cu­py­ing side­walks and road­sides.

The coun­cilor, who chairs the com­mit­tee on pub­lic util­i­ties, said based on the data re­leased by the crowd-sourc­ing site Num­beo.com, the Philip­pines is the fifth coun­try in the world with the worst traf­fic con­di­tion and the third in Asia.

Ca­gayan de Oro was named by the Na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (NEDA) as one of the twelve met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas where traf­fic con­ges­tion is preva­lent.

“While the gov­ern­ment bears a large part of the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the traf­fic mess in met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas, es­pe­cially in Metro Manila, pri­vate car own­ers who are us­ing our pub­lic roads as park­ing space ag­gra­vate the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

He cited ob­ser­va­tions that ex­treme traf­fic con­ges­tion sets in as the num­ber of ve­hi­cles that are parked along ma­jor thor­ough­fares in­creases.

“When the roads be­come park­ing lots, there will al­ways be longer trip times and in­creased ve­hic­u­lar queu­ing,” he added.

The Power learned that Se­nate Bill No. 1165 also re­quires LTO to ver­ify the pub­lic doc­u­ment sub­mit­ted by the reg­is­trant or pur­chases at­test­ing to the ex­is­tence of the park­ing fa­cil­ity not only in Metro Manila but also in other met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas of the coun­try.

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