EDITORIAL: Solving Davao’s traffic woes

Requiring new locators of parking provisions could be a step in the right direction in solving Davao City’s worsening traffic congestion.

One does not need to be an expert to know that the chief problem in the road congestion in the city is the unabated parking of vehicles on the outer lanes of roads especially in the downtown area.

Parking in these lanes had been the headache of traffic enforcers, motorists and public commuters. Unless this is abated, the traffic congestion is here to stay.

The good news is that as part of the measures to reduce the traffic congestion in the city, the Davao City Investment Promotions Center has thought of a special incentive package for parking buildings.

The proposal is in the stage of consultation and formulation of the incentive.

Under this proposal, parking buildings and parking lots will be a requirement for all incoming locators in the city. This will also complement the planned No Parking Policy of Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.

The incentives could come in the form of business and real property tax exemptions.

In other countries like Singapore, one is required to have a car park at home before the state allows for a car purchase. Further, there is a separate car license for weekend and weekday use.
Buying a car in Singapore is not a right. You actually have to bid for the right to purchase and the government will grant those succesful bidders only.
But we need not go that far.

This new proposal on parking provision incentives plus the No Parking policy is a regulatory act that is long overdue.