Motorist levies in Davao

The city’s planning office is exploring various forms of motorist levies, aside from the planned bus rapid transit (BRT) system, in a bid to stem growing vehicle traffic.
Roberto P. Alabado III, city planning officer, told journalists here that the local government is studying a motorist tax, a higher parking fee or an area licensing system similar to that practiced in Singapore which charges toll fees for every vehicle entering the central business district.
Presently, he said, the city collects just P5 for whole-day parking along major downtown streets.
But if an ordinance will be passed to collect P5 for every three hours, that could reduce the cars on the road, Mr. Alabado said.
He also encouraged car pooling for businesses and schools "so (there would be) less vehicular traffic and less pollution in the downtown area."

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