A bill has been filed in Congress seeking to require car buyers to show proof of a parking space before they can get their vehicles registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
House Bill No. 31, known as the No Garage, No Registration Act, was filed by Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco on July 30.
"While traffic congestion can be the result of a myriad of causes, the same is exacerbated by car owners who routinely use public roads as car spaces. When roads become parking lots, there will be longer trip times and increased vehicular queuing. It has been acutely observed that this situation is prevalent in 12 metropolitan areas," the bill's explanatory note read.
According to the bill, residents in Metro Manila, Angeles, Bacolod, Baguio, Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Naga, and Olongapo who wish to purchase a vehicle must provide proof of permanent parking space, via an affidavit acknowledged before a notary public, for the vehicle.
The affidavit will then be presented to the LTO as a prerequisite for registration.
Those who fail to comply with the measure will have their registration revoked, be suspended from registering a motor vehicle under their name for three years, and will face a fine of P50,000 for every violation.
In 2016, a similar bill (SB No. 1165) was passed in Senate by Sen. Joel Villanueva.