By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK
IN A bid to clear alternate routes of obstruction, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said it will issue citation tickets starting today on all illegally-parked vehicles along the Mabuhay lanes.
MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo “Jojo Garcia,” in a statement, said the crackdown will be conducted from 6 am to 9 pm on the 17 listed Mabuhay lanes or express routes that are connected to EDSA, and roads going to commercial districts and shopping hubs in Metro Manila.
Violators may be charged with at least three citation tickets with corresponding penalty. A fine of PhP200 for violating the illegal parking rule, PhP150 for disregarding traffic signs and PhP150 for obstruction.
“Traffic enforcers are instructed to issue citation ticket to vehicle owners. For unattended vehicles, tickets will be attached to their windshields,” Garcia told reporters in a press conference on Thursday.
“Motorists who do not have parking space have long been using major thoroughfares and the Mabuhay lanes as their own parking area. This practice has to stop,” he added.
More than a thousand traffic enforcers are tasked to remove vehicles obstructing the traffic flow on Mabuhay lanes.
“This is the agency’s response to hard-headed vehicle owners who defy the MMDA’s illegal parking rules,” said Garcia.
To decrease incidents of corruption and illegal towing activities, the MMDA will also not utilize towing services along Mabuhay lanes but will use them on inner roads upon the request of Metro Manila local government units.
“There are many complaints about abusive towing firms. We do not want the efforts of our traffic personnel to go to waste because of them,” Garcia said.
Last week, the Metro Manila Council agreed to increase the fine for illegal parking in the metropolis. Fine for attended illegal parked vehicles will be raised from PhP200 to PhP1000, while unattended illegal parked vehicles will be increased from PhP300 to PhP2,000.
However, the imposition of higher fine will not be enforced yet as the agency officials have yet to meet with MMC’s Special Traffic Committee.
According to Garcia, it is high time for vehicle owners to look for permissible parking areas or be issued with several citation tickets daily.
Their intensified efforts, Garcia explained, is meant to open up alternative routes for motorists avoiding EDSA, more so with the construction of various infrastructure projects in Metro Manila.