Council approves new parking ordinance-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
THE City Council of Davao approved on final reading on Tuesday the new parking fee ordinance, amending the past P5 rate charged to all vehicle owners/drivers in Davao City.
With a unanimous vote, the Council, during its regular session, agreed the new parking fees as: P20 for the first two hours and P10 for every additional hour for a single vehicle, but shall not exceed P200 per day; P100 for the first two hours and P20 for every additional hour for a single bus or truck, but shall not exceed P300 per day; P5 for motor vehicles for its first two hours and P1 for every additional hour; and bicycles will be charged with P2 for the first two hours and P1 for every additional hour.
The amended ordinance also provides that “a one-year ticket fixed at P3,000 per vehicle shall be allowed upon the issuance of the annual parking sticker, except buses, trucks, and the like which will be charged P5,000 annually.”
The city will also hire 150 parking fee enforcers who will collect fees in the use of parking facilities and issue official receipts to drivers/owners of all vehicles parked in designated streets.
Also, a Parking Management Unit (PMU), which will be under the supervision of the Traffic Management Center (TMC), will implement the provisions of the ordinance.
The TMC will also designate parking bays for all kinds of vehicles on all designated streets; separate and exclusive parking spaces for motorcycles and bicycles; and parking spaces for persons with disability and will be charged with an amount 20 percent less than the regular rates.
Vehicle owners/drivers who fail to pay parking fees and park their vehicles on prohibited areas, a fine of not less than P500 or an imprisonment of three months or both upon the discretion of the Court shall be imposed against them.
Aside from that, towing vehicles will also be purchased for vehicles found parking on prohibited areas and will be charged with P1,000 as service fee.
Councilor Bonifacio Militar, proponent of the ordinance, also said there is a need to implement and impose higher parking fees in the city to improve the Davao City’s parking system and discourage vehicle owners from staying in an area for too long.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 30, 2013.