By Chito Chavez
If you still value your cars, be sure to park it properly if you happen to be in Quezon City.
Quezon City traffic czar Ariel Inton, author of the ordinance that treats illegally parked vehicles as garbage, has warned anew of the consequences of violating a 2004 city ordinance.
Under Inton’s ordinance, illegally parked vehicles in Quezon City “shall be treated as common or ordinary garbage and shall be disposed of as such.”
“Those using city sidewalks and roads for private garage must mark our words. Our 2004 city ordinance allows us, local authorities, to confiscate vehicles parked on streets and other public places,” said Inton, head of the Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management (QCTF-TTM).
“This warning must not just fall on deaf ears and must be taken seriously,” he added.
Inton issued the warning after finding out during night-towing operations on Thursday that car owners are still using sidewalks and public roads as illegal and regular parking spaces.
During that operation, Inton said they “apprehended not less than 20 trucks that are parked along Sto. Domingo Street.”
But the drivers claimed they have been paying the barangay P200 per truck to park along the said street, which is classified as Mabuhay Lane or an alternate route.
Inton said they impounded jeepneys, tricycles, and buses that have been consistently using Agham Road for illegal overnight parking.
Private vehicles utilizing streets as personal garage were also towed during the task force’s night operation on Thursday.
Inton clarified that the ordinance against illegal use of parking spaces exempts vehicles parked on designated one-side parking areas in Quezon City.
“The anti-traffic and transport task force in Quezon City remains and will stay forever, as directed by Mayor Joy Belmonte,” Inton said.
The QCTF-TTM said that despite passing the DILG evaluation on the 60-day clearing operations of sidewalks, the city government is focused on providing strategic resolutions to the problem of traffic and transportation.
But several Quezon City residents lashed out at the task force allegedly for being bias in the conduct of towing operation.
Carlos Rodriguez, a resident of the city’s Fourth District, chided the task force for failing to tow hundreds of vehicles parked along Timog Avenue, especially during Fridays. Owners of the illegally parked vehicles are clients of the various nightspots in the area.
He added that Anonas Street in the city’s Third District is compounded with the same problem as a long queue of vehicles can be seen on the roadway near a popular folk house during its nightly shows.
“Since they claim to have consistently been doing their towing operations at night, why are there still vehicles along Timog Avenue and Tomas Morato Street parked on public roads, especially during Fridays? This has been observed for months now even during the time of Mayor Bistek (Herbert Bautista),” Rodriguez said.