No parking | Public roads used as exclusive parking spaces now outlawed

THE USE of public roads and spaces as exclusive parking spaces of business establishments and their clients is now considered illegal and the violators will be penalized, in the amended ordinance approved this week.

The approved amendment is on section 188 (Prohibition on Production of Road Sign) of the Ordinance 0334-12, or the Comprehensive Transport and Traffic Code of Davao City.

Councilor Conrado Baluran, chair of the Committee on Transportation and Communications, proponent of the amendment, said that this aims to provide clearer guidance on the interpretation of the said ordinance.

The resolution added “the traffic congestion has been a looming problem of the city and one reason that can be associated to it is the usage of public spaces for parking spaces for the customers and clients of the establishments fronting them.”

From the original text, Section 188 states that it is unlawful for any person, natural or juridical, or any government instrumentalities, expect for the City Transportation and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO), to manufacture, fabricate, install, and erect traffic sign and/or signal and/or pavement marking on city road, thoroughfare, and highway.

The use of logo or emblem of a company on any unauthorized road sign shall be “prima facie” evidence that said road sign was erected by the owner of the logo emblem.

The new provision of Section 188 states that it is unlawful “to put or install any kind of temporary or permanent structure/materials on all public spaces that can obstruct traffic.”