The Department of the Interior and Local Government ordered all local government units to designate impounding areas for towed illegally parked vehicles.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said vehicles involved in road accidents or breakdowns, and tricycles in national highways should also be brought to these impounding sites. This will help decongest roads, make traffic flow smoother, and will be for the overall welfare of the public.
Año also called on local councils to pass ordinances specifying guidelines on towing, impounding, and releasing of impounded vehicles, and prescribing corresponding penalties.
This latest directive supplements orders issued in July last year, mandating local governments to reclaim public roads and revoking parking permits of private vehicles on public roads. It also provides police powers to LGUs to regulate the use of roads and direct traffic.