Free parking in malls, hospitals gets second reading approval in Congress

Updated May 27, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Individuals must show proof of a transaction to waive parking charges.

Preparing for parking fees is second nature for Filipino car owners since most local establishments have their own parking regulations. Well, it seems like that wouldn’t be the case anymore moving forward as Congress approved the second reading of House Bill 7725.

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The proposed bill for regulated parking fees will benefit many especially workers

House Bill 7725, or also known as the proposed Parking Operations and Fees Regulation Act, aims to protect consumers who avail of parking facilities offered by business operators from unreasonable parking rates and fees.

With that being said, parking in malls, hospitals, restaurants, hotels, and other similar establishments may soon be free of parking fees for customers who patronized their products and services. Customers must show proof of a transaction with the establishment to waive parking charges.  

However, retail establishments can still impose a free first two hours of parking and charge Php 10 per succeeding hour, but should not exceed Php 50 per day. Take note that this does not apply to overnight parking schemes. The bill pushes a maximum Php 150 parking fee for those who will park their vehicle overnight.

Cars in parking space

Worry less about irrational parking fees

On the other hand, business establishments may impose maximum charges varying from Php 20 to Php 50 per hour to motorists who will avail of spaces merely for parking purposes. Meanwhile, individual open parking enterprises can charge Php 30 for the first three hours and Php 20 for succeeding hours. Multilevel parking enterprises may also impose Php 40 for the first three hours and Php 20 per succeeding hours.

House Bill 7725 also states that covered establishments should be held liable for damages in case of theft or robbery within their premises. Once approved, it should benefit customers as they won’t have to worry anymore about parking fees, especially in Metro Manila, which can reach Php 200 or more.

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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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