EDITORIAL| In dire need of parking spaces

SOME balmy afternoons, along Bolton street, we see uniformed officers of the Land Transportation Office sticking tickets on the wiper of vehicles parked on the road. This is a disturbing scene since it means owners don’t mind paying for the violation as long as they have somewhere to park.

Even if we have widened our roads, we continue to navigate in narrow spaces because the truth of the matter is that the roads are used as parking spaces. Newly renovated buildings such as those situated in Bonifacio St., do not seem to have allocated space for parking. It’s a dilemma and a waste of time for clients who have to look for parking all over the city before doing business in the establishment.

Unlike highly developed countries where they do not allow cars or huge vehicles inside their downtown area, we are so used to just squeezing our way through unbelievably tight spaces to park our vehicles. There is no respect for No Parking signs as well as someone else’s drive way.

A proposal is pending at the city council that would encourage investors to up a parking establishment. This is eyed to solve the current parking problem which has become slowly untenable over the past couple of years.

No parking regulations are difficult to be imposed as we do not have public parking spaces to begin with. So if the private sector is willing to invest in parking spaces, it goes without saying that owners of vehicles should be willing to pay for a commercial parking space, unlike the present dispensation where absence of any semblance of discipline is the norm.

If the proposal passes into law, the land owners and developers will be exempted from the payment of basic real property tax for land for two years while the parking buildings with two or more floors will get a five-year exemption. In addition, land owners and developers are also exempted from payment of business tax for parking spaces for five years.

The city is in dire need of a parking space to ease the flow of traffic for vehicles and pedestrians. We can’t see the city grow as it should if we cannot do something about the long line of vehicles occupying our main streets.


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