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House okays bill regulating parking fees

A measure regulating the operations and imposition of parking fees in malls, hotels, hospitals, schools, and other establishments has hurdled second reading approval at the House of Representatives.

In its plenary session Wednesday, the lower chamber approved House Bill 7725, or the proposed Parking Operations and Fees Regulation Act, that aims to protect consumers, who avail of parking facilities offered by business operators from unreasonable parking rates and fees.

The bill encourages all business establishments, including hospitals, malls, hotels, restaurants and others, to offer their parking spaces free of charge to customers patronizing their products and services.

Customers must show proof of a transaction with the establishment to waive parking charges.

Customers of retail establishments, however, shall be allowed to park free of charge for a maximum of two hours only and will be charged P10 per hour but not exceeding P50 per day. This provision does not apply to overnight parking schemes.

Business establishments may impose maximum charges, varying from P20 to P50 per hour, to motorists who will use the spaces merely for parking purposes.

For individual open parking enterprises, the maximum fee that may be charged will be P30 for the first three hours and P20 for each succeeding hour.

Multilevel parking enterprises may impose P40 for the first three hours and P20 per succeeding hour.

The maximum overnight parking fee that may be imposed by any covered establishment will be P150.

The bill states that covered establishments must maintain and provide security in their parking lots. The establishments shall be held liable for damages, in case of theft or robbery within their area.*PNA

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