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Erap bans parking along Rizal Avenue

Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has declared the entire 6.5-kilometer stretch of Rizal Avenue a no parking zone, following a road clearing operation yesterday that saw the arrest of a parking fee collector, in a bid to address the rampant illegal parking problem in the area.

“This is a major highway. Why parking is allowed along this narrow road is beyond me,” the Manila mayor said. “

Estrada (Manila Bulletin)

(Manila Bulletin)

“Beginning today, the entire stretch of Rizal Avenue is now a no parking area: parking in any part of this road will no longer be allowed anytime,” Estrada stressed.

A total of 30 tricycles, five motorcycles, 15 light vehicles, and two “kuligligs” or motorized pedicabs were also towed by traffic enforcers.

During the operation along the portion of Rizal Avenue–from Carriedo to Abad Santos Avenue–the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) arrested a man who is said to be a Tokagawa Global Corp. employee who claimed to have a certification from the MTPB allowing the collection of parking fees in the area.

But MTPB chief Dennis Alcoreza said parking is “absolutely not allowed” in any part of Rizal Avenue.

“Two lanes na nga lang, at napakaraming sasakyan, dapat ‘wag nilang i-choke ito, Isang lane na lang tuloy nagagamit,” Alcoreza added.

“Being a major thoroughfare, dapat no parking zone ‘to.”

Alcoreza said the subject area is not part of the parking operation contract private firm Tokagawa Global Corp. has entered into with former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim in 2012.

Estrada has nullified the deal, citing the observation of the Commission on Audit  that it is disadvantageous to the government.

The auditing agency also ordered Tokagawa and its partner Matsuyama Corp. to turn over the parking operations to the city government.