Solon wants to ban parking fees in malls, hotels

February 6, 2011 11:24 am 

MANILA, Feb. 5 — A lawmaker has moved to ban the collection of parking fees in malls, hotels and other public areas.

Marikina City Rep. Marcelino Teodoro deplored the exorbitant parking fees being charged by shopping malls, hotels and similar establishments on customers who use their parking spaces.

Teodoro said parking spaces are one of the practical ways for these establishments to prop up their economic viability and potentials.

He, however, said that one of the problems is the proliferation of park-for-a-fee spaces allotted by these commercial establishments to charge and collect parking fees from customers who use these parking spaces.

"It has been observed that malls, hotels and similar establishments have been charging fees and they still charge additional parking fees by the hour after three hours' lapse," according to Teodoro.

"The fact that the commercial centers and shopping mall managements always deny responsibility for the loss of any vehicle or any personal property left inside the car even if it occurred inside their guarded parking areas is a glaring example of customers being short-changed," he said.

The Marikina City solon said it is about time that these public establishments stop acting like scrooges and for a change and give something back to their loyal customers.

Under the measure, owners of shopping malls, hotels and similar business and commercial establishments are prohibited from imposing, exacting, collecting or charging fees for the use of parking spaces located within these establishments.

Teodoro's bill provides that no building permit shall be issued for the construction of business and commercial establishments that include parking spaces and facilities, buildings and other facilities for parking purposes unless the owner submits an affidavit that parking spaces and facilities shall be made available to their patrons/customers free of charge.

The bill also provides a penalty of imprisonment of not more than five years and a fine of not more than P500,000 to violators. (PNA)



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