Council set to approve parking fee increase

THE 17th City Council is expected to approve on third and final reading the proposed ordinance imposing an increase on parking fees next week.

The proposal was approved on second reading last week, October 8.

Since tomorrow, October 15, is a regular holiday in observance of the Eidul Adha or Feast of Sacrifice, the council's regular session is set to resume next week.

The new parking fees are: P20 for the first two hours and P10 for every additional hour for a single vehicle, but will not exceed P200 per day; P100 for the first two hours and P20 for every additional hour for a single bus or truck, but will 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.

Further, "a one-year ticket fixed at P3,000 per vehicle will be allowed upon the issuance of the annual parking sticker, except buses, trucks, and the like which will be charged P5,000 annually."

Davao City will also hire 150 parking fee enforcers who will be in charge for collecting fees in the use of parking facilities and issuing official receipts to drivers/owners of all vehicles parked in designated streets.

The Traffic Management Center will likewise identify designated streets for parking and will install parking signs and pavement markings.

The proposed ordinance mandates to impose fine of not less than P500 or an imprisonment of three months or both upon the discretion of the court against vehicle owners/drivers who fail to pay parking fees and park their vehicles on prohibited areas.

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.

Vehicles of owners or drivers who also fail to pay her/his parking fees will also be towed.

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