Anyone who’s had to drive to Makati, BGC or Ortigas Center can attest to the absurd difficulty of finding an open parking slot. Even if you manage to find one in a mall, a hotel or in a paid parking lot, you’ll likely be tagged with outrageous fees that increase the longer you leave your vehicle there.
As if that wasn’t enough, most of these paid parking areas issue tickets where a disclaimer tells you that the establishment isn’t liable for any damages or acts of theft that might happen while your ride is in the confines of their facility.
It’s a lot for the average Filipino motorist to swallow. Fortunately, a Senate Bill has been filed seeking to change all of that.
If passed into law, Senator JV Ejercito’s Senate Bill 2044, or The Parking Space Regulation Act of 2018 will dramatically reduce the parking fees that we have to pay. Under the law, any establishment offering paid parking should only charge PhP 40 for the first eight hours. An additional PhP 10 will be charged for the succeeding hours that a vehicle stays in the slot.
Overnight parking, on the other hand, will cost just PhP 100. The law will also require all parking establishments to have an accurate validation system.
The most important feature of the proposed law may actually be the prohibition of disclaimers where malls, hotels and paid parking lots can absolve themselves from liability in case an incident were to happen to your vehicle. Essentially, the spirit of the law dictates that if you charge a motorist for parking, you better take responsibility for the safety of his vehicle.
Violators of the law can expect heavy penalties for any breaches. A fine of PhP 100,000 has been proposed and closure at the hands of a court will loom as a possibility.
Do you agree with the Senate Bill or do you foresee it creating more problems for vehicle owners?