MANILA – Increasing fines instead of towing vehicles will be more effective in curbing illegal parking, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia said Wednesday.
This after the agency announced higher fines for violators to be enforced at the start of the new year.
In a press conference, Garcia said fines would prompt car owners to park in designated areas and that towing was highly susceptible to corruption and could even trigger altercations.
"Mas effective 'yan kesa tow... Eh pag tinaas mo ang fine palagay ko madadala iyan," Garcia told reporters.
(That's more effective than towing. When you raise the fine, I think drivers will learn.)
"Aaraw-arawin natin 'yan, ubusan tayo ng ticket... Kaya naman nasa kalsada 'yan nagtitipid sila magbayad ng tamang parking. Siguro naman sa P2,000 a day, P10,000 a week, P40,000 a month babayad ka na ng parking kesa mag-fine ka," he said.
(We will do this everyday until our tickets run out. They're out on the streets because they don't want to pay parking fee. With P2,000 a day, P10,000 a week, P40,000 a month, they might park properly instead of paying the fine)
Effective January, fines for attended illegal parking (illegally parked cars with the driver on board) will be raised to P1,000 from P200, while that of unattended illegal parking will be P2,000 from the current P500, said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialogo.
In August, video of a female driver confronting enforcers who tried to tow her car for illegal parking went viral on social media.