THE METRO Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday it will implement a stricter no-parking policy with a P500 fine along 17 Mabuhay Lanes beginning Friday morning.
Mabuhay Lanes are express routes connected to main thoroughfare EDSA and roads going to commercial districts and shopping hubs.
“We’re announcing and warning the public, all Mabuhay lanes, starting tomorrow, 6 a.m.,” MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo S. Garcia, Jr. said in a press briefing yesterday.
The parking ban will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
“Traffic enforcers are instructed to issue citation ticket to vehicle owners. For unattended vehicles, tickets will be attached to their windshields,” said Mr. Garcia, adding that this scheme is expected to reduce confrontation between drivers and MMDA personnel as well as avoid corruption and illegal towing activities.
The P500 fine consists of P200 for illegal parking, P150 for disregarding traffic signs, and P150 for obstruction.
Further, Mr. Garcia disclosed that the Metro Manila Council has agreed to increase the fine on illegal parking from P200 to P1,000 for attended vehicles, while unattended vehicles will be raised from P300 to P2,000.
These new rates will not be implemented yet as it is subject first to a meeting with the MMC Special Traffic Committee.
Mr. Garcia said the meeting is set for next week and the higher fees could take effect within September. — Charmaine A. Tadalan