The Benefits of the No Garage, No Car Policy
Vehicular traffic is an ever-increasing problem in the country, with a majority complaining about the fact that commuting via car can take longer than a flight across it would. The number-coding system in place doesn’t help as well as it used to, given that the NCR is now home to nearly 2.5 million registered vehicles according to CAMPI.

The traffic problem is further compounded by people who own cars that end up double-parking on narrow streets because they don’t have a parking space. It is to attempt to reduce this problem that lawmakers are proposing a no garage, no car policy – those who wish to register a vehicle must also prove they have a parking space for it.

What is it?

House Bill 5098, better known as the Proof of Parking Space Act, is a measure that proposes that car owners need to secure a parking space before the Land Transportation Office (LTO) allows them to register the vehicle.

While the Bill itself isn’t seeing active implementation, it is molded after similar measures that have seen great success in other car-congested cities like India and Japan. The bill was proposed last 2015, to great support from leading legislators and local government leaders, like Quezon City’s Mayor Herbert Bautista.

It also has arguments against it, with some speakers arguing that it would limit those who have the means and want to purchase a car.

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How it works

The main framework of the bill would require anyone who wants to purchase a car to have proof that they have ample space to park their vehicle that isn’t a.) The sidewalk, and b.) Blocking other car owners from accessing the road itself.

The basic aim of the bill is to prevent the congestion in the city, and part of that is allowing drivers access to side streets and other roads that might otherwise be blocked off or made narrow by other owners parked on said roads.

There is also the conversation of the inclusion of PUVs, as some privately owned public transport vehicles also end up parked the same way as privately owned ones.

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How it can help

With the country experiencing rapid growth, and people finding that public transport is either inconvenient or is unable to wholly cater to their commuting needs, it’s become easier to decide that one of the few ways to have a concrete travel option is to purchase a car.

This increase in purchases of cars and motorcycles has led to congestion that the country’s infrastructure is racing to catch up with. According to a report published in the Inquirer, figures for automotive sales in the country surpassed industry expectations last year, with over 310,000 units sold. With sales expectations of above 350,000 units, access to more roads is something that the country needs even more.

A survey conducted by Waze last year had the country pegged as the ninth worst place to drive, owing to low high-speed roads and general access density. CNN reported alongside the survey that commuting takes 2 hours and 15 minutes via bus along EDSA.

Final Thoughts

If this bill is passed as a law, it would require changes on how  auto dealers do business, and open up some of the lesser-used side streets to drivers. This will lead to easing congestion in the country and allowing better infrastructure to be built in the long run.

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