More incentive to leave the car at home: Shenzhen considers hiking parking feePosted: 10/29/2012 7:00 am
As an increasing number of urban Chinese aspire to own a car, urban planners and city governments have had the headache of trying to contain the amount of traffic on the road.
Different cities have tried different methods to curb traffic. In August, Guangzhou held a lottery draw for license plates. Last year, ahead of the Universiade, Shenzhen expanded its subway network. Other methods have included building more bicycle lanes and incentivizing carpooling.
Now Gasgoo, a leading portal for China’s automotive industry, has reported that Shenzhen is considering raising fees for parking spaces:
The Shenzhen Transport Planning Design and Research Center has been researching potential policies on behalf of the Transport Commission and other municipal departments. The policy that the center came up with separates the city’s parking spaces into three categories: commercial, industrial and residential.
If the policy is implemented, fees for vehicles stopped in commercial zone parking spaces for a whole day will total 240 yuan, four times the current daily cap of 60 yuan and three times Guangzhou’s maximum daily fee of 80 yuan.
So, do you share the research center’s view that this will be more effective than the lottery system used in Beijing and Guangzhuou?