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MMDA to Crackdown Illegally-Parked Vehicles on Mabuhay Lanes

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia. Image by UNTV

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.

 

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Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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