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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

No parking space, no car registration - solon
Writer: Lorelei V. Castillo, MRS-PRIB
11 February 2010 08:51:37 AM

If you do not have a parking space in your residence, buying a car could be a futile plan.

Under House Bill 7052 principally authored by Rep. Narciso D. Santiago III (Party-list, ARC), those who are contemplating of buying a vehicle should think twice before making a purchase because it might not be registered if they do not have available parking space.

Santiago said the measure requires proof of permanent parking space as indispensable requirement before a car can be registered.

Santiago said one of the chief causes of heavy traffic in the country is when automobile owners appropriate for themselves public property as their personal parking space.

"Streets become overnight parking lots as both sides are crammed with private vehicles. People should be disciplined enough to be able to furnish their vehicles with the appropriate parking space inside their own lots," Santiago said.

Santiago stated that some people purchase more than one vehicle when their house could only accommodate one car.

"It's commonsense, when a person who is financially able to buy a car or two should be presumed to be financially able to provide a permanent parking space for his vehicles," Santiago said.

Under the bill, an individual is required to secure a permanent parking space for his vehicle when not in use. A proof of permanent parking space for his automobile shall be an indispensable requirement before a car registration shall be issued to him.

The measure also directs the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to devise a mechanism by which proof of permanent parking space can be verified.