Solons push standardized parking rates

Davao City First District Representative Paolo Duterte and Benguet Representative 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 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 stressed 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.

“Towards this end, the State shall promulgate measures that will protect consumers who avail of parking facilities offered by business operators from unreasonable parking rates and fees,” Duterte said.
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 absence of such legislations regulating parking fees, the parking operators continue to exhibit anti-consumer practices since consumers are left with no choice but to enter these adhesive contracts,” Yap said.

“In addition to the collection of these exorbitant parking fees, the operators also exercise the waiver of liability which absolves them from the damage or loss of motor vehicle that is entrusted under their wing despite their costly charges to its customer,” he added.

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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