Bill seeks mall owners' liability for damages on parked cars

Only in pay-parking areas of course
Mar 7, 2010

A bill filed at the House of Representatives seeks that management of establishments collecting parking fees be made liable for damages a vehicle incurs while parked within its premises.

House Bill 7176 or the Parking Liability Act filed by party-list Representative Irwin C. Tieng said the current setup, where establishments do not claim responsibility for damages of vehicles parked with a fee in their areas, is not fair to consumers.

Tieng said this is in violation of Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines that seeks to protect local consumers from abuses by businesses offering products and services.

"Vehicles and belongings of clients of business entities are no longer safe," Tieng said, citing the rise of reported incidents of theft and accidents in pay-parking areas. "For being clients of these establishments, don't they deserve a certain consideration from the owners, operators and managers?" he added.

The Parking Liability Act aims to define who is civilly liable for damages while a vehicle is parked--whether it's the owner, parking area operator or establishment managers.

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"This would uphold the policy of the State to protect the interests of consumers, promote their general welfare, and establish standards of conduct for business and industry," Tieng said.

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