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House bill to make parking facilities liable for damage and ‘exorbitant’ fees

A measure seeking to hold business establishments liable for any loss or damage to the vehicles parked within their pay parking premises has been revived in the Congress.

In a bid to stop “disadvantageous” practices by establishments to motorists,  Parañaque City 2nd District Rep. Joy Myra Tambunting filed House Bill 1037 or “The Proprietors Regulation Act” that seeks to redefine and regulate terms and conditions that are imposed within parking areas.

Tambunting, a neophyte lawmaker, said that some establishments operating pay parking within its premises have no liability should a vehicle incur damage.

“Upon close scrutiny of your parking tickets, a fine line can be seen. Most stipulate that establishments have no liability for any loss or damage a vehicle incurs while parking inside their premises.” Tambunting said.

The lawmaker maintained that the commercial parking industry should recognize the rights of the paying public.

“By doing so, the rights and interests of both parties will be protected and both will also equally benefit,” he added.

Under the same measure, Tambunting also proposed to regulate “exorbitant” parking fees within commercial establishments. 

“With this mind, something has to be done to correct this ongoing practice of bias (against) the paying public,” Tambunting declared.

Aside from existing parking slots for persons with disabilities, the lawmaker also proposed the creation of exclusive parking spaces for senior citizens.

The bill, however, has been refiled numerous times in the Congress.

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