THE Cagayan de Oro City Council has adopted a resolution expressing its unequivocal support to the passage of Senate Bill No. 1165, an Act requiring parking space from motor vehicle buyers in metropolitan areas as a prerequisite for the purchase of a motor vehicle and registration with the Land Transportation Office.
This, after Councilor Teodulfo Lao, in his special report earlier this week, said the proposed legislation is one of the solutions to the traffic congestion caused by the proliferation of vehicles occupying sidewalks and roadsides.
Lao, who chairs the committee on public utilities, said based on the data released by the crowd-sourcing site Numbeo.com, the Philippines is the fifth country in the world with the worst traffic condition and the third in Asia.
Cagayan de Oro has been named by the National Economic Development Authority as one of the 12 metropolitan areas where traffic congestion is prevalent.
“While the government bears a large part of the responsibility for the traffic mess in metropolitan areas, especially in Metro Manila, private car owners who are using our public roads as parking space aggravate the traffic situation,” he said.
He cited observations that extreme traffic congestion sets in as the number of vehicles that are parked along major thoroughfares increases. (sp)