Law to limit vehicle purchase in Davao City sought

Subscribe Now August 07, 2017 at 02:14pm

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) said Davao City is still 25 percent congested with vehicles and it hopes for a city ordinance that would prohibit people from buying vehicles if their houses do not have garages.

LTO-Davao regional director Gomer Dy, in an interview with SunStar Davao, said it is good to start it in the city as it is already known for having city ordinances being used in the national level or in other cities in the country, such as the anti-smoking ordinance and firecracker ban.

The proposed ordinance, he said, is a move to control vehicle purchases in the city as regional transport office and the Davao City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) observed that many people park their vehicles along the road, occupying spaces and disrupting traffic.

Dy said the city has approximately 200,000 registered public and private vehicles as of last July 31. He said the number, however, do not yet cause severe traffic on the city's main roads.

"But it is important not to wait for the moment when our cars cannot move anymore on the streets for two hours at least," he said.

In Metro Manila, Dy said vehicle congestion has reached 85 percent, causing traffic for two to eight hours.

He added that the proposed ordinance was also pushed by other regional LTO branches in the past years. However, it was not approved due to varied reasons.

"We are hoping that the mayor would see this appropriate. Although this will be going through a lot of processes, I am hoping for this implementation," Dy said.


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