To reinforce and sustain the government’s efforts in clearing roads of obstructions, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed all cities and municipalities to designate impounding areas for towed illegally parked vehicles.
“Isa ring nakasasagabal sa ating mga lansangan ay ang mga nakahambalang na sasakyan na kung saan-saan na lang tumitigil at pumaparada. Ang mga illegally parked vehicles ay kailangang i-tow at dalhin sa impounding area. It is, therefore, incumbent upon cities and municipalities to designate impounding areas for the safekeeping of towed vehicles,” said DILG Sec. Eduardo Año.
Through Memorandum Circular 2020-031, Año said cities and towns are mandated to set up impounding areas for the safekeeping of illegally parked vehicles as well as those involved in road accidents or breakdowns.
“Ang pagtatalaga ng impounding area ay mandato sa ating mga syudad at bayan. Kailangan nating umaksyon para sa mas maluwag na daan, mas mabilis na daloy ng trapiko, at para sa kapakanan ng publiko,” he said.
The DILG Secretary also called on local sanggunians to pass ordinances specifying guidelines on towing, impounding and releasing of impounded vehicles and prescribing corresponding penalties.
He said that such ordinances should be consistent with national laws and policies, and shall not be unreasonable or discriminatory.
Año said the latest directive supplements Memorandum Circular 2019-121 issued by the Department last July, mandating local governments to reclaim roads and revoke parking permits of private vehicles on public roads. Furthermore, Section 16 of the Local Government Code provides police powers to local governments to regulate the use of roads, direct traffic, and remove obstructions.
“Kahanay po nito ang isa pa naming direktiba, ang MC 2020-004, na sumasakop sa operasyon ng mga tricycle kasama ang pagbibigay ng prangkisa. Ang mga tricycle ang madalas na sakit ng ulo ng mga traffic enforcer lalo na kung walang terminal at kung saan-saan na lang nag-aabang ng pasahero,” he said.
Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya added that tricycles apprehended by LGUs for operating in national highways should also be brought to these impounding areas.
“With Road Clearing 2.0 and the prohibition of tricycles in national highways, all LGUs should have the necessary facilities to implement these directives. And this includes tow trucks and impounding areas,” he said.
Early last year, the DILG with the transportation and public works departments also issued Joint MC 2018-001, which directs local governments to classify roads and impose speed limits.
“Ang nais lang naman po natin ay magkaroon ng kaayusan sa ating mga lansangan at masiguro ang kaligtasan ng mga motorista, mga mananakay at ng publiko,” said Malaya.