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Hazard lights not an excuse for illegal parking – MMDA

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by Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) warned motorists that flashing hazard lights is not an excuse for parking in prohibited areas and streets.

MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said a good number of motorists think that they can get away with being apprehended for illegal parking when their hazard lights are switched on.

INDEPENDENCE DAY JOB FAIR – A job fair at Rizal Park in Manila during yesterday’s commemoration of the 119th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence draws thousands of youthful and more mature job seekers. (Jay Ganzon | Manila Bulletin)

INDEPENDENCE DAY JOB FAIR – A job fair at Rizal Park in Manila during yesterday’s commemoration of the 119th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence draws thousands of youthful and more mature job seekers. (Jay Ganzon | Manila Bulletin)

“Unless there is a real emergency, turning your hazard signal is not an excuse to stop and park, even temporarily,” said Orbos.

 At present, clearing streets of illegally parked vehicles remain a big struggle for the MMDA.

After numerous clearing operations in a particular area, the same illegally parked vehicles clog the streets once the clearing crew leaves, to the consternation of MMDA chairman Danilo Lim.

“Like for example, NIA Road, we have been clearing the area for 10 times already, but we find ourselves clearing illegally parked vehicles again and again,” said Lim.

INDEPENDENCE DAY JOB FAIR – A job fair at Rizal Park in Manila during yesterday’s commemoration of the 119th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence draws thousands of youthful and more mature job seekers. (Jay Ganzon | Manila Bulletin)

INDEPENDENCE DAY JOB FAIR – A job fair at Rizal Park in Manila during yesterday’s commemoration of the 119th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence draws thousands of youthful and more mature job seekers. (Jay Ganzon | Manila Bulletin)

Lim reiterated barangay officials have the responsibility of maintaining areas previously cleared by the agency.

“We cannot do other important tasks anymore; resources go to waste if we will keep on returning to areas that supposedly under the care of barangay captains,” said Lim.

The MMDA have filed complaints against eight barangay chairmen who tolerate illegal parking and illegal vending on roads cleared by the agency.

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  • RGAX

    It’s about time traffic enforcers get serious with these motorists. These and other bad habits which includes illegal counterflows , have been cultivated over a long time due to lax enforcement of traffic rules. It also remains to be seen if MMDA applies the same approach to jeepneys, and PUV which do all these same violations without even bothering to use their hazard lights.

  • Yolanda Santos

    MMDA – when are you going to solve the smog and traffic jam problems in Metro Manila? Nakalimutan na?