Solon wants to ban collection of parking fees in MM

A LAWMAKER today wanted to ban the collection of parking fees in shopping malls, hotels, hospitals and other business centers in Metro Manila.

Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) filed House Resolution 2558 urging the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to institutionalize free parking in all establishments frequented by the public in Metro Manila.

Castelo also urged the House Committee on Metro Manila Development to invite the officials of MMDA and local government units (LGUs) and owners of business establishments to shed light on the matter.

Shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other offices in Metro Manila are charging parking fees ranging from P30 to P100 for the first 3 hours and additional P10 or P20 for the succeeding hours.

However, Castelo said parked vehicles inside these business establishments are not safe and protected from criminal elements.

“The establishments specify in their parking fee receipt that they are not liable or responsible for any loss or damage that happens to the car parked at their premises,” Castelo said.

Castelo said all stakeholders should be consulted and be given a chance to be heard during the public hearing.

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