Businesses warned: Stop using streets for parking

An official of City Transportation and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) warned that the business establishments would be summoned if they continued to have exclusive parking in public streets.

CTTMO head Dionisio Abude said on Monday during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao-Annex that businesses are not allowed to make the roads for exclusive parking and if they continue with this practice it would be a ground to revoke their business permits.

The office, he said, will coordinate with the Business Bureau.

“Business establishments should not make the roads for exclusive parking. The roads are for public use and should not be made for exclusive parking,” Abude said. He said any erring business will be issued with a notice of violation.

In February, the city council approved the amendments of the Traffic Code, which now includes strict measure that would prohibit businesses to place temporary or permanent objects to mark exclusive parking for their customers.

Councilor Conrado Baluran, chair of the city council’s committee on transportation and communication, said earlier in a news report that among the prohibited structures include flower pots, chairs and tables.

The structures, Baluran said, should not be placed in front of any business establishment to make for exclusive parking reservation.

Violators of the Traffic Code will be penalized with a minimum of P5, 000 for first offense.

Under Sec. 188 of the Traffic Code, it is unlawful for any person, natural or juridical, or any government instrumentalities, except for the CTTMO, to manufacture, fabricate, install, and erect traffic sign and/or signal and/or pavement marking on city road, thoroughfare, and highway.

The code added that the use of logo or emblem of a company on any unauthorized road sign shall be prima facie evidence that the said road sign was erected by the owner of the logo emblem. With the amendment of the code, it is now also prohibited to place any kind of structures or materials on all public spaces. (KMF)

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