After getting rid of anti-illegal-parking tow trucks due to corruption reports, the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) changed their approach against illegal parking by using wheel clamps instead, immobilizing illegally parked cars.
According to Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau Chief Carter Logica, there will be no sacred cows in their new intensified campaign against illegal parking, quoting Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s old battlecry against corruption when he was still President.
To show they were serious about the implementation of the new scheme, Logica and his team put tire clamps on cars supposedly owned by government employees that were seen parked illegally on Manila streets.
One of the employees whose vehicle got clamped showed no restraint in expressing his fury.
Owners of these vehicles will have to pay a P900 fine at the Manila City Hall before the clamps are removed, the report said, citing Logica.
The tire clamps, declared as government property, are usually attached on a car’s front wheels to lock them. Attempts to forcefully remove them may damage the tires and will incur additional violations, the report said.
Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno said there was no need for violators to park illegally since there are parking spaces in various parts of the city, pointing out nearby malls and private parking spaces.
Former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza approved an ordinance connected to tire clamping in 2005.