House Bill Seeking Ban of Sidewalk Vendors Field by Lawmaker
A lawmaker filed a bill seeking the ban of sidewalk vendors and other road obstructions to ensure the safety of both motorists and pedestrians.
Pangasinan 5th District Rep. Ramon “Monching” Guico Jr. filed House Bill 1252 or the Unobstructed Sidewalks Act, Pangasinan, which aims to penalize individuals who will use sidewalks for commercial or personal purposes.
Guico said that anyone who will be caught violating the proposed measure will be penalized with a fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P30,000. Violators can also face not less than six months of jail imprisonment.
The measure also aims to punish local government units that will fail to enforce the law and will pay a fine of not less than P100,000 but not more than P500,000.
Small businesses on the sidewalk will place the life of pedestrians in danger, according to Guico. Community-wide special occasions, sales promotion days, and sales for charity purposes will be only allowed after acquiring a permit from the authorities.
“Pedestrians have no choice but to walk roadside, exposed to all kinds of road hazards. The end result is the exacerbation of the already dismal traffic situation and heightened risks of what could have been avoidable road accidents,” Guico said.
Here is the list of prohibited on sidewalks:
- Street vendors
- Vehicle parking
- Animal pens installation
- Storing objects that causes road obstruction
- Dumping garbage
- Riding vehicles
- Signboards detached from the business establishment
- Religious activities
- Gambling activities
- Other activities
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