Standardized parking fees pushed

Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo Duterte (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo Duterte and Benguet Rep. Eric Yap on Wednesday announced that they have filed a proposed measure to standardize parking rates across all establishments to protect consumers from “unscrupulous parking fee collection.”

The lawmakers filed House Bill No. 5671 or the Parking Operations and Fees Regulation Act to regulate the operation and imposition of fees for the use of parking spaces and parking facilities in various establishments.

Duterte and Yap noted that it is the policy of the State to prioritize public safety and public welfare, as well as to protect the interest and promote the general welfare of consumers while allowing a reasonable return on investment.

For Duterte, parking spaces have become a basic amenity considering the rising number of motorcycle owners now.

Yap, meanwhile, alleged that while a number of consumer-friendly establishments do not charge their customers parking fees, some charge theirs with unreasonably expensive parking fees.

The measure covers all parking facilities of covered establishments for all types of vehicles including but not limited to bicycles, motorcycles, and automobiles.

It proposed that any establishment or person who violates the provisions of the proposed measure would be fined not less than P100,000 but not more than P300,000 per customer.


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