DILG intensifies push for ‘no garage, no car’ policy

Do you have a garage? If not, better plan for one before you even think about buying a new car.

Amid President Dutere’s order to reclaim public roads annexed for private purposes, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is now pushing for the passage of the “no garage, no car policy” in the country.

DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives should pass a bill which will prohibit individuals without their own garage from purchasing vehicles.

Malaya said that the proposed measure would help resolve the issue of traffic congestion in Metro Manila since streets would be rid of illegally parked vehicles.

“We will ask Congress for a law which will prohibit the sale of new cars. If you cannot prove that you have parking, you should not be sold a car,” Malaya said.

He added that even individuals who are planning to purchase another vehicle but do not have enough space in his or her garage should also be prohibited from buying.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian earlier filed Senate Bill No. 201 or the Proof of Parking Space Act in the 17th Congress. However, the bill did not prosper.

Last month, Gatchalian asked President Duterte to certify the bill as urgent in order to resolve the issue of traffic congestion in Metro Manila.

“Passing this bill will be a big boost to the administration’s campaign of reclaiming public roads and help ease the perennial traffic woes we are experiencing in Metro Manila,” Gatchalian said in a statement.

“I hope President Duterte will certify this bill as urgent as it is very much aligned with his vision of alleviating the constant struggles of the commuting public,” he added.

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