Bacolod City to charge pay parking

(Photo courtesy of Bacolod PIO)

The Parking Spaces Regulation Ordinance, which designated more than 170 areas in Bacolod City as pay-parking zones, was recently approved on third and final reading by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod.

Authored by Councilor Al Victor Espino, chairperson of the Committee on Transport and Traffic, the ordinance said the City of Bacolod passed City Ordinance No. 338, series of 2003, or the Traffic Code of Bacolod City, and C.O. No. 08-14-662, which designated parking zones in the City of Bacolod and provides charges for a certain number of hours for parking on the city streets.

The ordinance aims to further promote these ordinances and regulate parking in the city streets, with the aim of further improving accessibility to these parking spaces, create a management system of its fair and balanced use, and reduce traffic congestion, with the availment and use of advanced technology that any third party can offer that would benefit the general public.

By regulating the streets/areas in the City of Bacolod and prescribing fees (for parking), it will generate more revenue and income to the City of Bacolod, it said.

The ordinance provides for parking fees, rates and service fees, as well as fines and penalties for parking in designated areas without booking tickets, among other violations.

The Bacolod Traffic Authority will be the primary agency to implement the provisions of the ordinance.

The city will appropriate P10 million, sourced from any available fund of the city, or supplemental appropriation, upon determination of available savings for its implementation. (Chrysee Semillano via The Visayan Daily Star)

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