MANILA—Customers of shopping malls, restaurants, and businesses should get free parking, as long as they present proof of purchase not less than P500, according to a bill recently filed by Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers.
Under Barbers' House Bill No. 506, or "Parking Fees Regulation Act," fees imposed by malls, parking lots, hospitals, schools, hotels, and other establishments will be regulated and standardized in a bid to declog the streets often used as parking spaces.
"[O]ne of the reasons why streets in highly urbanized areas are clogged with parked cars is due to cheaper cost of parking on the streets," Barbers said in a statement on Saturday.
"Vehicle owners are often forced to pay exorbitant fees for parking even if malls and other establishments are already raking in huge earnings from the sale of their products and services."
Aside from the "minimum purchase" scheme, Barbers also proposed the following:
- Customers shall be charged a reasonable amount not exceeding P100 per vehicle for a maximum of 8 hours and an additional P10 per succeeding hour;
- For overnight parking, a customer shall be charged a reasonable amount not exceeding P200 per vehicle;
- Customer shall not be charged a parking fee if he/she uses the parking space for not more than 30 minutes;
- For hospital visitors and patients, parking fee shall be waived provided they show a validated proof of legitimate transaction;
The prohibition will also apply to operators of buildings or vacant lots that are solely devoted for use as parking spaces.
Violators will be fined P150,000 per customer who is charged with an overpriced parking fee, or imprisonment of 1 year to 3 years, or both, upon the discretion of the court.