THE Davao City Council approved on third and final reading on February 13 the amendments to the Davao City Traffic Code prohibiting establishment owners to put any temporary or permanent objects to mark exclusive parking for their customers along public roads.
Davao City Councilor Conrado Baluran, in a phone interview, said the amendment prohibits permanent and temporary objects that can obstruct parking, whether it is flower pot, chair, tables and the likes.
He said the Davao City Transportation and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO), during the hearing, expressed difficulty in implementing the traffic code that prohibits illegal signboards on the road.
CTTMO, represented by its head Dionisio Abude, bared that even if personnel remove "for customer use only" signboards, establishment owners replace it with various items to mark the city road thoroughfare or highway for exclusive parking only of their customers.
With the amendment, any temporary or permanent object placed by the establishment owners can be used as evidence should a case be filed against them.
Those who will violate this amendment shall pay maximum penalty of P5,000 for first offense, and this penalty is doubled for second and third offenses.
Charges will be filed in violation of the ordinance for the fourth offense.
Baluran said the penalties initially includes only P2,000 first offense, but some councilors appealed for a higher penalty for the offense since some of them were not able to park due to temporary markings placed by owners.
The Section 188 of the City Ordinance 0334-12, known as the Comprehensive Transport and Traffic Code of Davao City, originally prohibits any person national or juridical or any government instrumentalities to manufacture/fabricate, install and erect, traffic sign and/or signal and or pavement marking on city road thoroughfare and highway.