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Baguio cracks down on illegal parking

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By Zaldy Comanda 

BAGUIO CITY – The city has cracked down on illegally parked vehicles to clear its streets of obstructions that impede traffic flow.

Mayor Benjie Magalong  (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

Mayor Benjie Magalong
(FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

Public Information staff Dexter See said Mayor Benjie Magalong pointed out that once additional towing trucks arrive, the members of the towing teams must intensify their operations not only in the barangays but also in the central business district area.

Illegally parked vehicles have been blamed for monstrous traffic jams around the city.

Based on the data from the City Engineering Office’s traffic and transport division, a towing team can tow an average of two to four vehicles.

Magalong said the city government has already identified a lot where towed vehicles can be impounded.

The property, owned by businessman Dwight Nicolas Bello has room for the more than 300 vehicles that will be impounded once the city’s towing teams are fully deployed.

A towing team operates from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. to ensure that roads and streets are free from obstructions.

“Illegally parked vehicles that cause traffic should be towed to compel the owners to pay the prescribed fines under existing ordinances so that it will serve as a lesson to motorists not to illegally park their vehicles anywhere in the city,”Magalong said.

Owners of towed vehicles must pay the P150 fine for illegal parking, the P500 per day impounding fee and the P1,500 towing fee before their vehicle is released.

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