The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is done with illegal parking along the Mabuhay Lanes. All illegally-parked vehicles on the said roads will now receive citation tickets, all in effort to clear alternate routes.
According to MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia, the ‘crackdown’ starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. and is now being observed, just so everyone knows. This covers all 17 listed Mabuhay Lanes and express routes connected to EDSA, as well as roads leading to commercial districts and shopping hubs in Metro Manila.
Violating drivers may be charged with at least three citation tickets with corresponding penalties. A ticket for violating the illegal parking rule costs P200, a disregarding traffic sign ticket costs P150, and another P150 for obstruction. All in all, a violator would have to pay P500.
“Traffic enforcers are instructed to issue citation ticket to vehicle owners. For unattended vehicles, tickets will be attached to their windshields. 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.”
Don’t dare think you can risk parking even just for a couple of hours without being apprehended. MMDA said there are over a thousand traffic enforcers tasked with the crackdown. These enforcers are strictly instructed to remove vehicles obstructing the traffic flow on the said roads.
When it comes to illegal towing services, MMDA clarified that it will not utilize these services along Mabuhay Lanes. However, the agency said that such services will be used on inner roads or as requested by local government units.
To further strengthen the fight against illegal parking, the Metro Manila Council (MMC) has agreed to increase the fine of attended illegally-parked vehicles from P200 to P1,000. Unattended illegally-parked vehicles P300 to P2,000. This, however, will not be imposed yet as MMDA will have to meet with MMC’s Special Traffic Committee.
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