Another solon files bill banning collection of parking fees

Would that be fair to business establishments?
Aug 4, 2012

Car parking fees seem to be a popular subject among our lawmakers these days. Another solon wants to ban the collection of said fees in shopping malls, hotels, hospitals and other business centers in Metro Manila.

Filed by Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City), House Resolution 2558 wants the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to institutionalize free parking in all establishments frequented by the public within the metropolis.

"Providing a free parking area is a sound business practice, which could likewise be replicated and applied by owners of similar establishments," said Castelo.

According to Castelo, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other offices in Metro Manila charge parking fees ranging from P30 to P100 for the first three hours with an additional P10 or P20 for every succeeding hour. Castelo added, however, that the parked vehicles inside these business establishments are not safe nor protected from criminal elements.

"The establishments specify on their parking receipt that they are not liable or responsible for any loss or damage that happens to cars parked within their premises," Castelo shared.

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Is this reasonable, or do you think a bill filed by Rep. Rodante Marcoleta (Party list, Alagad) in June 2011, which seeks to charge only car-park users who avail of a parking slot for more than three hours, is a better alternative?

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