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Herrera wants P20 standard parking fee for all establishments

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera said regulating paid parking spaces will not only protect vehicle owners but also will standardize the collection of fees.

Herrera, deputy majority floor leader, said the driving public are hassled to find parking spaces within business districts, malls and other establishments with the surge of vehicles and the decrease of public spaces.

She added that aside from inadequate designated spaces, the public “is also burdened by the costs of parking fees.”

Herrera has stressed how motorists have been complaining about the excessive charges being imposed by several operators of paid parking spaces and the lack of accountability on their part whenever something untoward takes place there.

“Establishments that offer paid parking spaces impose unfair conditions and even waive responsibility for securing vehicles and belongings of persons entering their establishments,” she added.

Herrera recently filed House Bill 3215, a measure that seeks to impose a standard parking rate of P20 which will be applied by all paid parking establishments for the first five hours of use.

Under HB 3215, the customer will then have the option of paying an additional P10 for every succeeding hour or P20 for another five hours of parking.

Overnight parking will be charged a rate of P150 while lost parking tickets will cost the car owner P200.

A grace period of 30 minutes will also be provided for vehicles during which they will not be charged with a parking fee.

For hospital patients who are confined, the charges for parking at the facility’s paid parking spaces will be waived “once proof of legitimate transaction is presented.”

Herrera noted there have been numerous instances when vehicles parked inside paid parking spaces are burglarized and the vehicle owners are left to deal with their loss on their own because of the building owners will not be held liable for the incidents.

Herrera cited the case involved House Assistant Majority Floor Leader and ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Niña Taduran, whose vehicle was burglarized while parked at a mall paid parking area in Quezon City.

“Ang hirap sa mga paid parking spaces na ito ay ang mahal na nga ng sinisingil nila pero pag may nangyari sa sasakyan mo doon ay wala silang pananagutan,” Herrera said.

The bill covers all malls, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, commercial buildings and other similar establishments that offer paid parking spaces.

“Establishment and carpark operators shall be ultimately responsible for the vehicles and belongings inside the vehicle,” she said.

She said car park operators cannot waive such responsibility once payment is collected.

“They shall be liable for damages or theft and provide security at the premises,” Herrera’s HB 3215 read.

The measure prescribes a fine of P250,000 to P500,000 and the suspension or cancellation of their business permits and licenses for establishments found to have violated the provisions of the proposed law.

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