A new bill is being pushed that will require vehicle owners in metropolitan areas to have adequate garage or parking space before they can register their vehicles at the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

House Bill No. 31, as it is identified, was recently filed by Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco. The bill hopes to discourage owners from parking their vehicles on public streets in metropolitan areas. These, according to Velasco, cause street congestion which affects trip times and vehicular queueing.

The bill will require LTO to verify the parking space of those applying for vehicle registration. It also adds that any LTO official who fails to do this will be suspended for three months without pay.

Meanwhile, vehicle owners who have been found to be able to register their vehicles without the required parking area will be fined P50,000, will have their registration revoked, and will be banned from registering any vehicle with the LTO for three years.

Several cities where this has been a problem have been identified by the National Economic and Development Authority, including Metro Manila, Angeles, Cebu, Bacolod, Baguio, Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Naga, and Olongapo.

The requirement of having a parking space for vehicle registration is available in some of our neighboring Asian countries, in one form or the other. So why not here in the Philippines?

Let us know what you think.

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