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Yap and Duterte seek to regulate all commercial parking prices.
On Wednesday, two senators introduced a bill to rationalize and standardize parking fees across the nation, depending on the type of facility, to safeguard consumer interests and advance consumer welfare.
Reps. Paolo Duterte of Davao City’s 1st District and Eric Yap of Benguet wrote in the explanatory notes to their bill, “The absence of such legislations regulating parking fees, (allows) the parking operators to continue to exhibit anti-consumer practices since consumers are left with no choice but to enter these adhesive contracts.”
They claimed that in addition to charging high parking rates, the owners also use a waiver of liability, which exempts them from accountability for any damage or loss to a customer’s vehicle while it is in their care.
They said that the government’s objective is to put the general welfare and safety of the people first, as well as to safeguard consumer interests and advance consumer welfare generally while allowing for an acceptable return on investment.
The “Parking Operations and Fees Regulation Act,” also known as House Bill 5671, aims to regulate the operation and imposition of fees for the use of parking spaces and parking facilities in a variety of establishments, including lodging, commercial services, food services, health services, retail services, and educational institutions, including independent parking enterprises. It also specifies penalties for those who violate the regulations.
According to Duterte, “for this purpose, the State will enact rules that would safeguard consumers from exorbitant parking rates and levies who benefit from parking facilities given by business operators.”
According to Duterte, parking spaces become a basic amenity once a driver, or in a broader sense, a customer visits a particular establishment, which may include but is not limited to, shopping malls, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and other commercial buildings. This is because of the rise in the number of motor vehicles in the country as well as the return of on-site or face-to-face transactions.
Yap, on the other hand, claimed that while many places that value consumers do not impose parking fees on them, others do so at rates that are excessively high.
According to him, this frequently leads to consumer confusion over parking costs, which might differ between businesses, even those with the same type of operation.
The measure applies to all parking spaces at covered establishments for all vehicle types, including but not restricted to cars, motorbikes, and bicycles.
Any business or person that violates the terms of HB 5671 will be fined not less than PHP100,000 but not more than PHP300,000 per customer who is charged a fee above the maximum rates allowed by the law, or their business permits and licenses will be suspended or canceled, or both, depending on the court’s discretion.
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