To encourage motorists to keep their cars roadworthy, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is increasing the penalty for stalled vehicles from a paltry P200 to as much as P3,000.
The Metro Manila Council (MMC), the policy and governing body of the MMDA, voted to amend MMDA Regulation No. 96-003, which details the guidelines in the towing of stalled or illegally parked vehicles along the major thoroughfares in the metropolis.
Penalty for stalled public utility vehicles (PUV) and private vehicles is now at P1,500 from the previous rate of P200. Stalled medium-sized and heavy vehicles like trucks and lorries now carry a fine of P2,500 and P3,000, respectively.
These penalties are on top of the towing fees that will be charged to the owner of the stalled vehicle. Here are the rates:
- For cars, jeepney and vans weighing less than 4,000kg - P800 for the first four kilometers and P200 for every succeeding kilometer; and
- For trucks with a gross capacity weight of 4,000kg and above – P1,200 for the first four kilometers and P200 for every succeeding kilometer.
The MMDA is hoping the new rates will push motorists to properly maintain their vehicles for the sake of road safety and a cleaner environment.
"These vehicles get stalled in the roads because most probably, their engines are not properly maintained,” Tolentino said. “We are only hoping that motorists, including PUV operators, would be more responsible in maintaining the road worthiness of their motor vehicles.”
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